Paper Talk Tuesday 12 February: Maurizio Sarri has a month to save Chelsea job – Football


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Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has a month to save his job – get all of the latest gossip in today’s Paper Talk.


Maurizio Sarri at the Etihad Stadium

Maurizio Sarri

  • Maurizio Sarri has a month to save his job as Chelsea prepare for their Europa League trip to Malmo.
  • Former technical director Dan Ashworth says England’s World Cup success sparked his exit from the FA.


  • Barcelona made former Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel a summer transfer target but he rejected their bid.

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  • Christian Pulisic’s start to his Chelsea career could be disrupted by the USA’s participation in the Gold Cup this summer.
  • Daniel Sturridge will face an independent hearing after he submitted his plea to a charge for breaching FA betting rules.
  • Manchester United have ditched their warm-weather training camp ahead of the crunch clash with Liverpool.


Daniel Sturridge celebrates scoring during the pre-season friendly between Chester and Liverpool

Daniel Sturridge

  • Tottenham could make a summer move for Daniel Sturridge as they seek back-up for Harry Kane – the Liverpool striker’s contract expires in the summer.
  • Maurizio Sarri is facing further scrutiny from the Chelsea hierarchy over his handling of Callum Hudson-Odoi.
  • Liverpool’s current home shirt is the highest-selling in their history, so much so that the club have run out of them.
  • Mesut Ozil’s relationship with Arsenal has reached breaking point after he reported in sick ahead of their clash with Huddersfield.
  • West Ham are willing to listen to offers for £10m-rated defender Arthur Masuaku.

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  • Bournemouth midfielder Junior Stanislas is waiting on results of a scan to see how long his hamstring injury will keep him out.
  • Reading goalkeeper Vito Mannone has sealed a move to MLS side Minnesota United.


  • Chelsea players held a clear-the-air meeting at training following their 6-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City.
  • Frank Lampard is closing in on the signing of ex-Celtic star Efe Ambrose on a free transfer for Derby County on Monday.
  • Bolton are flying in Spanish centre-half Raul Albentosa for talks – he has been a free agent since leaving Deportivo La Coruna last month.


  • Maurizio Sarri is concerned Chelsea do not have the players to implement his game plan and will push for a complete squad overhaul if he is still at the club in the summer.
  • France are on the brink of a player revolt after Morgan Parra among others blamed head coach Jacques Brunel for the defeat to England.

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