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Man Utd legend David Beckham ‘set for knighthood

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David Beckham is finally set to be awarded a knighthood after his finances were given the all clear to end a decade-long wait for the honour, according to a new report.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid footballer has reportedly been moved onto the official recommendations list for next June.

Beckham, who is second on England’s all-time list of appearance makers with 115 caps, has had to wait patiently while an issue with his finances and the HM Customs and Revenue was cleared up.

The millionaire former footballer was previously ineligible for the award after he found himself embroiled amongst a tax avoidance scheme which resulted in his status being moved into the red category.

Beckham was one of 140 celebrities allegedly caught up in the 2013 Ingenious tax avoidance scheme, which resulted in the company being blacklisted by the Inland revenue.

If an individual is given a “red warning” by the Inland Revenue for irregularities in their finances, they are subsequently barred from all honours recognition.

However, the firm were successful in appealing against HMRC and Beckham’s representatives approached tax officials to settle his case.

And after 10 years of having his finances by the taxman, the 46-year-old has finally had his status upgraded from red to green, meaning he can now be awarded his knighthood, as reported by The Sun.

An unnamed source reportedly said that Beckham had no knowledge of the scheme.

The former England captain is now set to become one of the latest individuals to add ‘Sir’ in front of their name, joining the likes of national hero Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died at the age of 100 in February.

The decision to uplift the red warning was praised by the family of the late Captain Sir Moore, who highlighted the “kindness” Beckham showed towards the war veteran.

“We’re delighted David is finally in line to receive a knighthood — something he thoroughly deserves,” Moore’s daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore, co-founder of the The Captain Tom Foundation, told The Sun.

“We will never forget the kindness and support that David and his family have shown my late father and our family.”
As well as finally being cleared for tax avoidance, a report published by the Sunday Times also suggests David and Victoria Beckham were actually amongst the highest taxpayers in Britain.

They claimed the Inter Miami owner and the former Spice Girl paid £12.7m in tax over the course of a 12-month period.

Mirror Sport has contacted David Beckham’s representatives for comment.

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PSG crisis: Kylian Mbappe unhappy with Lionel Messi for taking side in feud with Neymar

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Lionel Messi picks side as Kylian Mbappe and Neymar feud threatens PSG crisis

Kylian Mbappe is said to be upset that Lionel Messi is close to Neymar at Paris Saint-Germain as the club are reportedly on the brink of crisis following the latest high-profile fallout.

Mbappe and Neymar fell out over the order of penalty takers in the team during the Ligue 1 clash against Montpellier this weekend, after the Brazilian did not allow his teammate to take PSG’s second spot-kick after the Frenchman had seen his first effort saved.

So bad was the tension inside the dressing room that experienced defender and former Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos was reportedly forced to step in to separate the feuding pair – as cracks reappeared, in spectacular fashion, within the squad.

There is reportedly an element of rivalry between Mbappe and Messi at the Parc des Princes relating to the status of Neymar while multiple reports last season outlined the depth of the dressing room split in Paris – with Mbappe believing Messi’s friend lacks discipline and is damaging to the club.

A constant theme in recent years of the PSG dressing room is a lack of discipline and meaningful leadership at the club.

Mbappe opted to sign a three-year contract extension with the Ligue 1 champions earlier this summer, with reports claiming that the striker would hold great sway in the club’s sporting decisions as part of the agreement to extend his stay at the Parc des Princes. Indeed, the appointment of new sporting director Luis Campos could be linked to Mbappe as the pair know each other from their time together at Monaco.

However, a report from goal.com explains that Mbappe is already feeling frustrated that he does not have the power at the club that he had assumed, with the influence that Neymar had over both Messi and Sergio Ramos – the two other heavyweights in the dressing room – said to be a source of discontent.

The fallout of the weekend’s incident has continued subsequently with Neymar ‘liking’ two social posts that slammed Mbappe over the episode. The first post included the sentence: “After the game, the coach said that Mbappe will be the team’s main hitter for the season. An absurdity.” In the second post ‘liked’ by Neymar, the Frenchman is accused of being “the owner of PSG.”

There was a significant off-field change at PSG this summer with the appointment of Campos to replace the outgoing Leonardo as sporting director, while Christophe Galtier replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the dugout.

Their priority was to instil much-needed discipline at the club and transform the transfer policy – with Vitinha, Renato Sanches and, in the works, Fabian Ruiz fixing the midfield – but the former aim is receiving an early test after this weekend’s events.

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Frenkie de Jong transfer: Chelsea 'know' they've beaten Man Utd 'as announcement prepared'

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Frenkie de Jong transfer: Chelsea 'know' they've beaten Man Utd 'as announcement prepared'

Chelsea know they will beat Manchester United to the signing of Frenkie de Jong, according to reports in Spain.

The Red Devils have been linked with the Barcelona midfielder all summer as Erik ten Hag looks to reunite with a player he previously worked with at Ajax. The player himself though has shown no willingness to move despite a fee being agreed with Barcelona.

Chelsea have arrived late to the party and are confident they hold the upper hand. De Jong is desperate to continue playing Champions League football and the Blues can offer him that, whilst United can’t. SPORT reports that the west Londoners are waiting for their moment to move as a result.o

The Blues have yet to make any major moves in that area of their squad with the likes of Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic and N’Golo Kante all in their squad. That trio are ageing however and Thomas Tuchel would welcome a new addition into his midfield.

Chelsea have already added the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly and Raheem Sterling, but the feeling is they are still not equipped to challenge for the Premier League title and the arrival of De Jong would strengthen their hand. Barcelona are looking for €80m – but the Blues will look to get that fee down.

United’s failure to add De Jong has left them to pursue other options with time running out to add new faces. Adrien Rabiot was on their radar but a deal has collapsed due to wage issues whilst the likes of Ruben Neves remain on their radar.

The Catalans are desperate to get players off their books to generate some much needed revenue. Their financial situation is well documented and they have been willing to offload De Jong, whose wage issues with the club have been publicised and criticised.

Barcelona have continued to spend big this summer on the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha, but cannot register new players until they raise some more funds, which will no doubt further their want to sell De Jong, who would command a hefty fee.

The Dutchman has remained part of the first-team picture however and came on as a substitute in their opening game of the season against Rayo Vallecano. Xavi said after the contest: “De Jong is not a substitute. He’s an important player and I have said that many times. I don’t know what will happen, but if he stays he will continue to be important.”

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Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards clash over Manchester City duo

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"Are you taking the p***?" Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards clash over Manchester City duo

Rodri has started Manchester City’s opening two Premier League matches this season, while Phillips has had to settle for a place on the bench since arriving as a big money summer signing from Leeds United

Jamie Redknapp and Micah Richards got heated as the pair disagreed over Manchester City duo Rodri and Kalvin Phillips.

The punditry duo were putting together a combined Liverpool and Man City starting XI, and things turned X-rated as they discussed their preferred holding midfielder out of the duo and the Reds’ anchorman, Fabinho. Redknapp was adamant that the Liverpool man should be in the side, while Richards wanted City’s Rodri in there.

But former Liverpool and Tottenham man Redknapp believes Phillips is a better passer of the ball than Rodri when delivering his assessment of the two City players. This proved quite the bone of contention between Richards and Redknapp, as they argued over who should be in the side.

Speaking on LADbible, Richards started when his opposite number suggested the England man should be in the conversation.

The ex-Man City defender responded: “He’s not in the same bracket yet. I wouldn’t put Phillips there, I don’t think he is better than Rodri and certainly not better than Fabinho.”

Redknapp: “But I tell you what he is. He’s a better passer than both of them, by far. The way he pings the ball about.

Redknapp: “Are you taking the p**s? Are you taking the p**s?

Richards: “Are you taking the p**s?”

Redknapp: “What, you think that Rodri is a better passer of the ball than Phillips? I’m going. I’m going. Whoa, whoa, whoa, Jamie. You think he’s a better passer than Rodri?”

Richards: “You think Phillips is – a better passer than Rodri?”

Redknapp: “100%, all day long. Rodri’s a sort of nice, simple, clouting type. Are you winding me up?”

Richards: “Are you winding me up?”

Redknapp: “No, you must be winding me up. Phillips is one of the cleanest strikers of the ball that we’ve produced in years.”

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