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Chelsea vs West Brom: Blues capitulate as Baggies score five at Stamford Bridge

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West Brom stunned 10-man Chelsea on their own pitch with an astonishing performance that sometimes people find to believe.

At the end of the match, the visitors had scored five goals and the hosts, Chelsea got two.

Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel spoke on where it all went wrong today: “Nothing so much until the red card and then we were not able to cope with the situation,” he told BT Sport.

He also said, “I don’t know why but it was like this. After the red card, we could not adapt to the situations, we gave away two very easy goals before half-time but even in the second half anything that could go wrong went wrong. We have to accept a big loss today and hopefully it’s a big wake-up call for all of us, me included.”

On Thiago’s red card, he said, “I didn’t see it but neither of them were his mistake because in the build-up we give the ball away.

“We got a red card and it was impossible for us to adapt to the situation. It’s not typical for us to concede a goal in the added minutes before half-time and today we conceded two.

“It was clearly not our day today. I did not see this coming. We need to digest it, shake it off and get back to work tomorrow.”

Callum Robinson said, “Unbelievable day for all the boys, the staff, the football club and all the fans watching back at home.”

The West Brom coach added, “It’s been a tough season, as you know, with where we are in the league but it’s nice to come here and get so many goals and really enjoy ourselves. That’s a really good Chelsea team, 10 men or not. They’ve got a lot of quality, so it’s a good day all round.”

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Arsenal agree £50m deal for Brighton’s defender

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Arsenal has agreed on a deal in principle for the £50m transfer of Brighton & Hove Albion defender Ben White.

White was a late call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England Euro 2020 squad.

It completes a meteoric rise for the 23-year-old, who was released by Southampton as a youngster before being signed by Brighton.

He went on a number of loans from the Seagulls, including to Leeds’ Championship title-winning side in 2019-20.

White’s performances for Leeds attracted the attention of many leading clubs and prompted Brighton to secure him on a new four-year contract last summer.

That deal put the Seagulls in a strong negotiating position this summer and it is understood they rejected two bids from the Gunners before agreement was finally reached amid interest from other Premier League clubs.

White is on holiday so the transfer, including his medical, will not be completed until he returns.

The transfer comes as Arsenal part ways with Brazil defender David Luiz after his contract expired.

The Gunners have also signed 21-year-old left-back Nuno Tavares from Benfica for £8m this summer.

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Messi to sign new five-year Barcelona contract, take 50% wage cut

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Lionel Messi will sign a new five-year contract at Barcelona and take an incredible 50 per cent wage cut, Goal can confirm.
Messi has spent his entire career to date on Barca’s books, having initially made his debut for the club as a teenager in 2004, but dropped into the free agency pool at the start of July after reaching the end of his contract.
The Argentine won’t be embarking on a new challenge away from Camp Nou anytime soon, though, with the Blaugrana set to announce that they have tied the six-time Ballon d’Or winner down to a fresh long-term deal.
Messi earned a staggering €550 million (£468m/$650m) over the course of his last five-year contract at Camp Nou, which equates to around €75m (£64m/$89m) per season.
However, Barca were unable to hand the 34-year-old similarly lucrative renewal terms after exceeding La Liga’s wage limit at the end of the 2020-21 campaign .
League president Javier Tebas warned that the Blaugrana could not legally register Messi without significantly reducing their salary costs, with the likes of Junior Firpo, Jean-Clair Todibo, Carles Alena and Juan Miranda all subsequently sold to raise extra funds.
Messi has also agreed to halve his yearly earnings in order to re-sign for Barca, and Goal has learned that they will formally announce his new contract in the coming weeks after a few minor details are finalised.
Did Messi have any other offers on the table?
Messi became available on a free transfer upon the expiration of his last deal, and it has been reported that the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Inter have all shown an interest in signing the Argentina international.
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A possible return to boyhood club Newell’s Old Boys was also mooted, along with a potential foray into MLS with David Beckham-owned franchise Inter Miami.
Goal understands that Messi received several formal offers, including an attractive proposal from PSG, but he ultimately decided to remain a one-club man and continue playing for Barca until 2026 – at which point he will be 39 years of age.
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