What happened in football today: January 15, 2021

Fenerbahce admits to having met Mesut Ozil

Fenerbahce admitted holding meetings with Mesut Ozil and his agent as they sought to bring the Arsenal outcast to Turkey.

athleticism revealed earlier this week that Ozil is willing to leave money on the table if that means he can leave the Emirates this month.

The Turkish team’s sporting director Emre has revealed that the 32-year-old is “closer than ever” to a move to Fenerbahce.

Ozil became the highest-paid player in Arsenal history when he signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in 2018, worth around £ 350,000 a week. However, he has not been selected since March 7, 2020.

Wayne Rooney appointed permanent Derby manager

Derby County has appointed Wayne Rooney as the new permanent manager.

The former Manchester United striker has accepted a two-and-a-half-year contract as manager.

Rooney had been the club’s interim manager since November but has now been given the role on a permanent basis.

Following this appointment, the 35-year-old also decided to end his playing career.

Pochettino tested positive for COVID-19

PSG head coach Mauricio Pochettino has tested positive for COVID-19, the club said.

Pochettino was named earlier this month and won the first trophy of his managerial career – the Trophée des Champions – on Wednesday when his side beat Marseille 2-1.

The 48-year-old will now isolate himself and is expected to miss the club’s next two Ligue 1 matches against Angers and Montpellier.

Kieran Tierney could be fit for Arsenal vs Newcastle

Kieran Tierney’s injury would not be serious and Arsenal left-back could be available for their next Premier League game against Newcastle United on Monday.

The 23-year-old missed Thursday’s 0-0 home draw against Crystal Palace as a precaution after contracting a calf problem before the game.

athleticism understands, however, that he has not suffered a muscle tear and may be fit to visit Newcastle.

Newcastle manager describes his side’s performance as “absolute sh ** e”

Steve Bruce described Newcastle United’s performance in their 1-0 loss to Sheffield United on Tuesday as “absolute crap”.

In his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Newcastle manager said: “We were absolutely desperate the other night – we absolutely were.”

Despite keeping Liverpool in a 0-0 draw on December 30, Newcastle have lost five of their last six games, including a 1-0 loss to Brentford in the Carabao Cup quarter-final.

AC Milan approach Chelsea on Fikayo Tomori loan deal

AC Milan have asked Chelsea to include a call option worth £ 26.7million as part of their talks to sign defender Fikayo Tomori on loan.

Tomori is looking to leave Stamford Bridge in order to secure regular first-team football and has been targeted by a number of European clubs.

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