How Brighton and Hove Albion's match-up with Leicester City could have been rocked by Mourinho's appointment at Spurs, Sterling opens talks, and more
The international break is almost over, and the long wait for the Premier League to return almost is too. Brighton and Hove Albion have a trick assignment on their return to action as they face high-flying Leicester City, who have enjoyed a fantastic start to the season under Brendan Rodgers.
Brighton and Hove Albion's match with Leicester City on Saturday could have been a lot different, and it is all due to Tottenham Hotspur's sacking of Mauricio Pochettino.
According to the Daily Mail, Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was the preferred candidate for the Tottenham Hotspur job.
Brighton are facing a Leicester side bang in-form, but could have faced a managerless side if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy got his way.
The report claims that Levy was informed that Rodgers would be 'impossible' to tempt away from the East Midlands, so a move for unemployed Mourinho became more viable.
The Seagulls will hope that the Foxes don't show up in the form they have shown in recent weeks.
The rest of today's headlines:
Jose Mourinho’s wage at Tottenham Hotspur is said to be £15m per year, almost double what Mauricio Pochettino earned. (The Sun)
Pochettino is said to have rejected the chance to quit last week, before finally being sacked by Levy. (Various)
Newcastle United’s St James’ Park stadium could be used for one of England’s Euro 2020 warm-up games. Elland Road in Leeds was used for a warm-up game before the 2018 World Cup. (The Times)
Raheem Sterling has opened talks with Manchester City over a reported new £300k-per-week deal. (Various)
Unai Emery is now favourite in the Premier League sack race after the departure of Pochettino. (Mirror)
Bayern Munich have again been linked with a move for Dean Henderson, with the German giants thought to see the on-loan Manchester United keeper as a potential long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer. (Daily Mail)
Inter Milan are desperate to take Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud to Italy. (The Sun)
A January Premier League move for Gareth Bale could be on, after the Welshman enraged manager Zinedine Zidane further by holding aloft a flat that said “Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order.” (Various)
Chelsea may not learn about their appeal against their transfer ban until after the January window has closed. (The Sun)