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Paper Talk: Chelsea target massive name to replace Sarri; Ronaldo key to huge £175m Liverpool raid

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Chelsea want arguably football’s biggest-name manager to replace Maurizio Sarri, while reports of a £175m summer offer to Liverpool for Mohamed Salah are gathering pace, according to Wednesday’s papers.

CHELSEA TARGET ZIDANE APPOINTMENT

Chelsea want Zinedine Zidane as their next manager, according to reports on Wednesday.

With Maurizio Sarri admitting that he’s struggling to motivate his players after Sunday’s unacceptable 6-0 defeat at Manchester City, The Sun claims in an exclusive that Chelsea are already looking at alternatives.

And according to the red top, Blues owner Roman Abramovich has set his sights on one of the very best, with the club targeting former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

The 46-year-old three-times Champions League winning coach is currently not in management and is understood to be very keen on a job in the Premier League.

And a move to Stamford Bridge could be just the order – with Chelsea also hoping the appointment of his idol will help the Blues keep star man Eden Hazard from Real Madrid’s clutches.

Sarri was unbeaten in his first 12 games as Chelsea manager and has taken the Blues to the Carabao Cup final. But their Premier League struggles are causing alarm and his admission that he’s struggling to motivate his players has him reportedly clinging to his job by his fingernails.

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AND THE REST

Juventus are ready to submit a £175m offer to Liverpool for Mohamed Salah following on from reports that Cristiano Ronaldo wants them to sign the Egyptian (The Sun)

Arsenal and Chelsea have seen PSG move ahead in the £24m transfer battle for AC Milan star Franck Kessie (The Sun)

Manchester United and Chelsea have been dealt a blow as Juventus forward Paulo Dybala edges closer to a Real Madrid move (The Sun)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is facing a potential touchline ban after accusing referee Kevin Friend of bias after the draw at West Ham (The Sun)

Borussia Dortmund are interested in signing Crystal Palace’s 21-year-old defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka, with Manchester City also keen (The Sun)

Twenty out of the 24 Championship clubs are demanding a “regime change” and want chief executive of the EFL, Shaun Harvey, to be replaced (The Sun)

Inter Milan are interested in Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu believes La Liga should play three games per season overseas (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid believe Maurizio Sarri’s struggles at Chelsea will make it easier for them to sign Eden Hazard in the summer (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United could face UEFA action after bottles were thrown at PSG’s Angel di Maria at Old Trafford (The Independent)

Mesut Ozil is being touted around clubs as his Arsenal future remains increasingly unclear (Daily Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, says winning the Champions League this season would be the “perfect end” to his career (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are hopeful Harry Kane and Dele Alli will be fit for the return leg against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League (Daily Telegraph)

Norwich City manager Daniel Farke is in advanced talks over a new contract with the club keen to reward him for the team’s progress this season (The Times)

Joel Matip could be Liverpool’s only fit centre-half for next week’s Champions League meeting with Bayern Munich with Virgil van Dijk suspended and both Dejan Lovren and Joe Gomez injured (The Times)

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has stepped up his recovery from a long-term knee injury by joining his team-mates in training at Liverpool at their warm-weather camp in Marbella (The Guardian)

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