Transfer Updates: Haaland could become first player to earn £1bn

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‘Maitland-Niles must focus on the present’

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says Ainsley Maitland-Niles must focus on his present on loan at Southampton, opting to avoid speculation over his Gunners future.

He said: “He hasn’t played that much, but hopefully he can pick up some minutes and some momentum as well because we need him to play the games.

“The future he has right now is his present – the most important thing for him is to get his place and start to perform at the level.”

Haaland agent: He could be first £1bn player!

Erling Haaland‘s agent, Rafaela Pimenta says a combination of the striker’s footballing value, image and value to sponsors make her believe he could be the first £1bn footballer.

Amorim on Villa’s list?

Ruben Amorim is among the candidates Aston Villa are speaking to about replacing Steven Gerrard, according to the Athletic. 

Amorim, 37, is manager of Sporting Lisbon, and was named Primeira Liga manager of the season in 2020/21.

Carra on Gerrard sacking: Poor results, Coutinho issue and what’s next?

Jamie Carragher analyses Steven Gerrard‘s sacking at Aston Villa, Philippe Coutinho’s poor form and whether Mauricio Pochettino could replace Gerrard at Villa Park.

Ward re-signs for Blackpool

Grant Ward has re-signed for Championship club Blackpool – by whom he was released earlier this summer.

The 27-year-old midfielder has signed a short-term contract running until January 2023.

Seasiders manager Michael Appleton said: “Everybody knows that Grant has been training with us for a number of months now – since the start of pre-season – on the basis of getting fit and fixing himself up with a club, but with Kevin Stewart now looking like he will be out until the New Year, this was the natural solution to sign him until January.”