Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back | Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is sweating on the fitness of Christian Pulisic ahead of the Blues’ clash with Manchester City at the Etihad on Saturday

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back

Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back
Chelsea team news: Predicted 4-3-3 line up vs Man City – Pulisic doubt, suspended ace back
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Chelsea team news predicted line up Man City

Chelsea team news: Frank Lampard is sweating on the fitness of Christian Pulisic (Image: GETTY•buildlineup.com)

Christian Pulisic is a major injury doubt when Chelsea return to Premier League action against Manchester City this weekend.

The American was sidelined throughout the international break after picking up a hip problem in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace and faces a race to prove his fitness.

The news is a huge blow to manager Frank Lampard following the 21-year-old’s hot streak of form, with Pulisic having scored a hat-trick against Burnley before goes against Watford and Palace.

Pulisic is not the only Chelsea ace struggling with injury as Antonio Rudiger is still sidelined following an operation.

Ross Barkley is also a doubt after failing to recover from injury in time to feature for England against Montenegro and Kosovo over the past week.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Marco van Ginkel are long-term absentees but Jorginho is available once again following suspension.

Kepa Arrizabalaga will continue in goal but Reece James could drop out if Lampard recalls club captain Cesar Azpilicueta at right-back.

Kurt Zouma and Fikayo Tomori are still ahead of Andreas Christensen in the pecking order but it remains to be seen whether Emerson Palmieri or Marcos Alonso are preferred at left-back.

Chelsea team news predicted line up Man City

Chelsea team news: The Blues winger picked up a hip problem against Palace (Image: GETTY)

N’Golo Kante returned from injury before the international break and should continue alongside a resurgent Mato Kovacic, meaning Mason Mount will have to move into a more advanced role in order to make room for Jorginho.

The England youngster could take Pulisic’s spot on the left flank while Willian retains his role on the opposite wing, with both players supporting lone frontman Tammy Abraham.

That means Pedro and Callum Hudson-Odoi will have to be content with a spot on the bench alongside Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi now that Lampard has settled on his preferred starting XI.

As for City, the defending Premier League champions are without the suspended Bernardo Silva while Ederson is doubtful and Leroy Sane, Aymeric Laporte and Oleksandr Zinchenko are all on the treatment table.

Chelsea team news predicted line up Man City

Chelsea team news: Is this how the Blues will line up against City? (Image: buildlineup.com)

Chelsea predicted line-up vs Manchester City – Premier League

(4-3-3): Arrizabalaga; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Tomori, Emerson; Jorginho, Kante, Kovacic; Willian, Mount, Abraham

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans (Image: Getty)

Granit Xhaka would be “glad to return” to the Arsenal fold after becoming an outcast at the club this month.

Xhaka was stripped of the club captaincy following his outburst towards the fans who cheered his substitution against Crystal Palace in October.

The midfielder cupped his ears at booing supporters, flailed his arms and told them to “f*** off” as he exited the pitch straight down the tunnel.

Emery took away his privileges as skipper in the following days and has not played him since with a January transfer to AC Milan or Newcastle looking likely.

Xhaka told Emery last time out that he was not yet in the right frame of mind to play but has now informed Swiss broadcaster SRF he is open to returning - which is against the wish of most Gooners.

“I have a clear idea as to how things should proceed, and Arsenal know this as well,” Xhaka said.

“Although, I still have a contract with them.

“I will be glad to return to the club - so we can finally sort matters out.

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans

Unai Emery has opened the door to Granit Xhaka's return (Image: Getty)

“There will surely be a solution - as I can't accept what has happened with me.”

Xhaka was able to regain some match fitness over the international break, turning out for Switzerland in two 90-minute appearances.

He seemed to aim a dig at Arsenal fans during the lay-off, though, posting a photo on Instagram with the caption: “Happiness is when you are satisfied with yourself and do not need the confirmation of others.”

The Gunners welcome Southampton to the Emirates Stadium this weekend and Emery suggested Xhaka could return.

“He’s coming back better,” the Spaniard said in his Friday press conference.

Granit Xhaka drops Arsenal transfer hint in new comments that could anger fans

Granit Xhaka seemed to dig out Arsenal fans over the international break (Image: Getty)
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“His mindset is better and this morning I have a very good conversation with him.

“My objective is for him to come back helping us and convincing everyone that he is going to be better in the short or long future with us.

“He’s feeling better and his team is Arsenal now. He wants to come back with the confidence of the supporters.

“We are going to decide tomorrow (if he plays) but I want to give him confidence and comfort.”

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has ‘three or four’ new signings lined up for January

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has ‘three or four’ new signings lined up for January

Tottenham news Jose Mourinho transfers Harry Redknapp

Harry Redknapp says Jose Mourinho will already have three new signings lined up at Tottenham (Image: SKY SPORTS/GETTY)

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho will have “three or four” new signings lined up already ahead of the January transfer window, claims former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp.

Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham on Wednesday, signing a three-and-a-half-year contract with the north London side.

Several high-profile players, such as Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen, are out of contract at the end of the season.

Redknapp says Mourinho will want to move on players who do not want to play for Spurs in January and replace them with signings he already has in mind.

He’ll have three or four players lined up already. He knows all the right people, he’ll have players lined up

Harry Redknapp on Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho

“Those who don’t want to be there, he’ll bomb them out in January, if you don’t want to play,” Redknapp said on The Debate.

“He’ll have three or four players lined up already. He knows all the right people, he’ll have players lined up to come in.

“And those that can’t make their mind up if they want to play for Tottenham, he’ll go ‘No sorry, I only want players that want to be here, off you go’.”

Mourinho held his first press conference as Tottenham manager on Thursday.

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Tottenham news Jose Mourinho transfers Harry Redknapp

Redknapp says Jose Mourinho will want to ship out players who want to leave Tottenham (Image: SKY SPORTS)

And he claimed he was happy with the squad he has been given.

“The best gift are the players who are here,” Mourinho said.

“I don’t need new players. I just need to get to know these ones better. I know them well but you never know them well enough until you meet them.”

Redknapp, meanwhile, reckons midfielder Dele Alli is likely to benefit from Jose Mourinho’s arrival.

Tottenham news Jose Mourinho transfers Harry Redknapp

Jose Mourinho led his first training session at Tottenham on Wednesday (Image: GETTY)

“He will try and get into people’s heads, try and convince them what good players they are,” Redknapp added.

“Get into Dele Alli, tell him ‘listen son, you’re a fantastic player, we need to get you back playing, concentrate on your football, you’re one of the best players in Europe’.

“Get him playing, make him believe in himself again and do the same with four or five others.”

Barcelona news LIVE: Club choose £170m strikers to partner Lionel Messi, Arsenal transfer

Barcelona news LIVE: Club choose £170m strikers to partner Lionel Messi, Arsenal transfer

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Thursday, November 21

  • Barcelona have their sights on two strikers to replace Luis Suarez at the Nou Camp
  • Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland are on the shortlist
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over a new deal at Arsenal - Barcelona interested
  • Defender Matthijs De Ligt doesn’t regret joining Juventus instead of Barcelona
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Wanted: Lautaro Martinez or Erling Haaland

Barcelona have their sights on two strikers to replace Luis Suarez.

Suarez has scored 185 goals in 260 appearances for Barcelona since joining from Liverpool in July 2014 for a reported £62million.

But the 32-year-old’s days at the Nou Camp are numbered and the Catalan giants have identified two possible candidates to replace him.

Goal claim Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez and RB Salzburg’s Erling Haaland are on their radar, with both likely to cost in the region of £85m.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang claim

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is stalling over a new deal at Arsenal.

The 30-year-old has just over 18 months remaining on his £200k per week deal at the Emirates Stadium but he’s got no plans to extend his stay beyond June 2021.

And Spanish newspaper Sport think that’s got something to do with Barcelona.

The publication claim Barcelona view Aubameyang as the ideal candidate to replace Luis Suarez, who is expected to leave the club next year.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Matthijs De Ligt: No regrets

Matthijs De Ligt doesn’t regret joining Juventus instead of Barcelona.

The 20-year-old Netherlands international was the subject of an intense transfer battle between the European heavyweights - but decided to opt for Turin.

Barcelona academy director Patrick Kluivert recently claimed De Ligt regretted his choice - but the centre-back has denied his claim.

"Do I regret having gone to Juventus? Certainly not. The words of Kluivert are only a guess," he told Voetbal Primeu.

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp

Barcelona transfer news LIVE updates from the Nou Camp (Image: GETTY)

Erling Haaland dispute

The Manchester United board are prepared to sanction a £75million deal for RB Salzburg star Erling Haaland, according to the Daily Mail.

But that’s £10m short of the Austrian champions’ valuation of their coveted Norwegian international, who want £85million.

There’s no shortage of takers for the 19-year-old teenager, who has chalked up an incredible 26 goals in 18 appearances this term - including five hat-tricks in four competitions.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are all linked with his signature - and could beat United if they’re prepared to pay the full asking price.

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