Exclusive: Fabrizio Romano’s Daily Briefing – why Freund to Chelsea fell through, plus updates on Grealish and Depay

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Hey guys, welcome to my latest Daily Briefing – enjoy today’s round-up, which features Jack Grealish, Memphis Depay and the situation at Chelsea…


William Saliba on life at Arsenal: “I’m at home here. I like London, I like the club, I like everything. I feel at home here.”

There was interest in Saliba from other clubs this summer, but as I wrote at the time, it would have taken a crazy offer for the Gunners to sell him. More good work by Edu and Mikel Arteta as the young Frenchman is now showing his worth.


Marco Asensio won’t rule out a controversial move to Barcelona: “I don’t know if Barcelona want me. There are rumours on many clubs, it’s normal. I’ve never thought about future at Barca, I have not valued it… so, don’t know! Right now, I can’t answer.”

Memphis Depay: “In the summer, other clubs came and then you just look at your options so I decided to fight for my chance at Barcelona. I love competition and I don’t walk away from it. I enjoy being at Barca.”

But what does the future hold next for Memphis DepayClick here to find out more.

Memphis Depay in action for Barcelona

Bayern Munich

Ryan Gravenberch: “I have no regrets with joining Bayern. But to be honest, I’m disappointed as you want to play, it’s normal. I have to accept it but it’s difficult. I have to stay calm. I hope to have more space after the international break.”

How close was Ryan Gravenberch to a move to the Premier League instead?


Former Ballon d’Or winning centre-back Fabio Cannavaro has now reached a full agreement with Italian second division club Benevento on a two year contract. He’ll sign his contract tomorrow for his first managerial experience in Italian football.


Roberto De Zerbi, presented as new Brighton manager: “I spoke to Pep Guardiola on Sunday. He said: I’m very happy you are here. He said if ever there is anything I need, he is there – apart from when we play them!”


Chelsea were very surprised that the Christoph Freund deal fell through – what next? Click here for my latest exclusive update.

Denis Zakaria: “I didn’t know a move to Chelsea was possible until six hours before the end of the transfer window! Juventus was playing too low — they should always be at top of the table and win 3-0 all matches… I think I’ll be happier in England than in Turin.”

Memphis Depay was rumoured to be close to joining Chelsea in the summer – what does the future hold for him now?

Christian Pulisic on Thomas Tuchel leaving him out of the Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid in 2021: “l’d had a really good first leg performance and our following match was against Fulham in the league. Tuchel told me that he was resting me for the second leg and as a result I didn’t play a single minute in the Fulham game.

“Then on match day of the second semi, Tuchel tells me he’s changed his mind and he’s going with Kai [Havertz]. I honestly was dumbfounded and very disappointed. I thought that I’d earned a start and, most importantly, he had assured me previously I was going to start.”

Manchester City

Is Jack Grealish really looking for a move away from Manchester City?

Manchester United

Ralf Rangnick was furious with Manchester United’s transfer strategy last January – click here to find out why.

Should Manchester United have kept Rangnick on board at Old Trafford? Click here for my exclusive insight.

Bruno Fernandes on life under Erik ten Hag at Manchester United: “Ten Hag has an idea. He has a style. You have to follow his rules. He is strict on that. And I like that. He has brought discipline, which is something we missed in the past. Everyone must be on the same page.”

RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff on Chelsea links: “I’m under contract with Leipzig until 2026, I will fulfil my contract here with great pleasure. We still have a lot of plans. Not only on the pitch. I feel comfortable here at Leipzig.”

Real Madrid

Marco Asensio: “I had chances to leave, yes – now signing new deal with Real Madrid doesn’t depend on me, as there are many factors. I hope it will happen, I’ve always been happy here. Rumours? Normal, I can sign as free agent in few months.”

Eduardo Camavinga’s agent Jonathan Barnett: “Eduardo is more than happy, he’s in love with Real Madrid. It was a great choice, Ancelotti is super too. If you want to be the best player in the world, the best thing you can do is play for Real Madrid.”


Official: Rennes have signed Portuguese midfielder Xeka on a free transfer. He’s been available since leaving Lille when his contract expired back in June.

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