OVERNIGHT FOOTY UPDATE
Chelsea hope to tie five top stars to long-term deals as the Blues join Arsenal, Spurs and Manchester United in Carabao Cup third-round action tonight.
Boss Thomas Tuchel reportedly wants extended contracts for centre-backs Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, plus midfielders N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mason Mount.
Chelsea host Aston Villa this evening, while the tie of the night could be Manchester United’s home clash with West Ham.
The Red Devils landed a 2-1 Premier League comeback win at London Stadium three days ago but are likely to be much-changed, with injury victim Phil Jones finally eyeing a return.
Tottenham visit Wolves and Arsenal’s mini-revival would be rocked if they lose at home to League One AFC Wimbledon.
Bernd Leno is tipped to come back in for Aaron Ramsdale in his battle to regain the Gunners No1 shirt.
Prem clubs are also involved in the night’s two other ties, Leicester travelling to Millwall and Brighton hosting Swansea.
United keeper Dean Henderson reportedly wants a January loan move – after David de Gea re-established himself as first-choice keeper.
And Fifa have handed Hungary a two-match stadium ban – albeit with the second game suspended for two years – and a £160,000 fine after fans racially abused England stars on September 2.
Finally, Cristiano Ronaldo reportedly broke a transfer ‘pact’ with Juventus when he rejoined the Red Devils, having been offered to Man City and Atletico Madrid.