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Manchester United are prepared to terminate the contract of out-of-favour goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, but only if the Spain international leaves the Premier League.

Chelsea have joined Arsenal and Liverpool in the chase to sign 23-year-old Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho.

Blues skipper John Terry, 34, has had several offers from Chinese clubs, while Turkish side Fenerbahce have stepped up their interest in the former England captain.

Barcelona coach Luis Enrique admitted his side’s first win in Champions League Group E came at a price with Andres Iniesta set to join Lionel Messi on the sidelines.

Barca are keeping an eye on Bayer Leverkusen left-back Wendell. Real Madrid are also said to be interested in the Brazilian.

Son Heung-min is facing a spell on the sidelines after injuring his foot in Tottenham’s defeat of Manchester City, the club has confirmed.

Daniel Sturridge will not play in Liverpool’s Europa League clash with Sion on Thursday, manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed.

Nearly a third of Chelsea fans have called on the club to sell Diego Costa, branding the Spain striker ‘more trouble than he’s worth’.

Former Chelsea defender Graeme le Saux says the Blues are suffering the worst run of form of any side under the management of Jose Mourinho.

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says it was “a dream” of his for Jose Mourinho to take charge of the Anfield club.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants silverware before his Reds deal ends in 2017, but he still could stay on and break a promise to his wife.

United’s German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, says he does not always understand skipper Wayne Rooney’s Liverpool accent.

Arsenal are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven defender Aboubacar Kone, 14, if the in-demand Belgium youth international is not tied down by the Dutch champions before his 16th birthday.

Liverpool had a €15 million offer for Schalke starlet Leroy Sane turned down in the summer but the Reds remain interested following the winger’s strong performances and are expected to bid again next year.

Crystal Palace have confirmed the signing of 17-year-old Belgian winger Jason Lokilo from Anderlecht.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri has confirmed that Sami Khedira will make his Bianconeri debut against Sevilla on Wednesday night

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc believes Jurgen Klopp could become the next Bayern Munich boss, telling Sport Bild ahead of Der Klassiker: “It’s factually conceivable.”

Victor Anichebe has launched an angry tirade at Game of Thrones stars Kit Harrington and Rose Leslie after snubbing his request for a picture.

The West Brom striker bumped into the duo in his hotel, but was left dismayed when the duo rejected his request for a photo.

1/3 Bumped into Kit Harrington & Rose Leslie at my hotel and being a big #GOTfan asked nicely for a pic.

Shame that they refused & felt to act the way they did, I would never decline someone a picture as without fans we’re nothing.

I hope Jon Snow really is dead now in @GameOfThrones

Tottenham are ready to beat Torino to the signing of Red Star Belgrade’s 17-year-old striker Luka Jovic.

Spurs want Gladbach’s Thorgan Hazard to join their Belgian contingent.

Talks are progressing well over plans for the MK Dons to house Tottenham for the 2017-18 season while the Premier League side redevelop White Hart Lane into a 61,000-seat stadium.

Carlton Cole’s proposed move to Celtic could be in jeopardy after the former West Ham striker, 31, suffered an injury in training at Lennoxtown.

Newcastle are prepared to let striker Ivan Toney, 19, go out on loan, but will resist offers for striker Emmanuel Riviere, 25, despite interest from Wolves.

Everton fielded unattached former AC Milan and Espanyol right-back Felipe Mattioni, 26, in their under-21 side on Tuesday.

Swansea manager Garry Monk is taking inspiration from Rugby World Cup favourites New Zealand after reading a book on the secrets of the All Blacks’ success.

AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli’s former girlfriend Fanny Neguesha is to release a single about her turbulent relationship with the 25-year-old former Manchester City and Liverpool player.

Former England striker Michael Owen found an uninvited guest in his house on Tuesday morning. He tweeted:”It’s not every day you leave to do the school run and find a little lizard in your house!” (Better-informed Twitter followers advised him it was a newt.)

Celebrity Arsenal fan Piers Morgan left his followers in no doubt about his feelings towards Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger after the shock 3-2 Champions League defeat at home to Olympiakos on Tuesday. He tweeted:”Jurgen Klopp is available. What the hell are we waiting for?”

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini, 62, had to jump into a taxi and race back home on Tuesday afternoon after turning up at Manchester airport with the wrong passport.

UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results

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UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night saw two English clubs – Arsenal and Chelsea- fall to suprise defeats, Lewandowski continued his impressive goalscoring form with another hattrick, BATE shock victory over Roma, and Messi-less Barca hard fought victory.

Group E

A Messi-less Barcelona struggled to beat Bayer Leverkusen 2-1 in Camp Nou.

Kyriakos Papadopoulos’ 22nd minute header gave Leverkusen the lead, but Barca through Sergi Roberto levelled the score in the 80th before Luis Suarez scored the winner in the 82nd minute.

BATE Borisov shocked AS Roma by scoring three goals inside a half hour in a 3-2 win in Belarus.

Igor Stasevich’s opener and Filip Mladenovic’s brace gave the host a 3-0 lead, before Gervinho and Vasilios Torosidis scored for Roma in the second half to reduce the deficit.

Group F

Arsenal fell to a 3-2 home defeat to Olympiakos.

After a defeat at Dinamo Zagrebin their opener two weeks ago, the Gunners really needed to take maximum points against the Greeks with home and away games against Bayern Munich up next.

Goals from Theo Walcott and Alexis Sanchez twice drew Arsenal level, after Felipe Pardo and David Ospina’s own goal twice gave the visitors the lead.

But joy at the Emirates was short-lived as Alfred Finnbogason 66th minute sealed victory for the Greek team just one minute after Sanchez had equalized.

Robert Lewandowski continued his impressive goalscoring form as his hat trick helped Bayern Munich demolish Dinamo Zagreb 5-0 to take control of Group F,

taking his personal tally to 10 in three games.

Douglas Costa and Mario Gotze also scored the 1st and 3rd goal for Bayern in the 13th and 25th minute respectively.

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Group G

Chelsea’s miserable start to the season continued as Jose Mourinho’s return to his former club Porto ended in 2-1 defeat.

Chelsea lost to Porto on Mourinho’s first return in 2004-05, and history repeated itself.

Andre Andre gave the host the lead in the 39th minute but Willian levelled on the stroke of half-time with a curling free-kick.

Maicon capitalized on Chelsea’s woeful defence to head in the winner just seven minutes into the second-half.

It was a night that saw Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas has break the Champions League appearance record by playing his 152nd game in the competition after being named in the starting XI to face Chelsea.

Having won the competition three times in 2000, 2002 and 2014, Casillas is now participating in his 17th consecutive European campaign and surpassing former Barcelona midfielder Xavi’s tally of 151.

Dynamo Kiev eased to a 2-0 win away to Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Andriy Yarmolenko and Junior Moraes scoring either side of half-time.

Group H

Valencia defeated Lyon 1-0 in France, with Sofiane Feghouli scoring the only goal.

The Primera Division side had lost their opener to Zenit but Feghouli’s goal moved them into second place behind the Russians.

Lyon, meanwhile, are still without a win in this season’s competition and have just a single point from their opening two games.

Oleg Shatov’s second-half goal earned Zenit St Petersburg a 2-1 victory over Gent to strengthen their position at the top of Group H.

Artem Dzyuba’s close-range header gave Zenit the lead in the 35th minute, but Thomas Matton’s fine 56th-minute volley drew Gent level before Shatov’s cool finish 11 minutes later sealed all three points for the hosts.

Group E

BATE Borisov 3 – 2 Roma

Barcelona 2 – 1 Bayer Leverkusen

Group F

Arsenal 2 – 3 Olympiakos

Bayern Munich 5 – 0 Dinamo Zagreb

Group G

FC Porto 2 – 1 Chelsea

Maccabi Tel Aviv 0 – 2 Dynamo Kyiv

Group H

Lyon 0 – 1 Valencia

Zenit St. Petersburg 2 – 1 Gent

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he did not try to sign striker Anthony Martial, 19, before Manchester United bought him was because he was sure Monaco would not sell.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes injuries to striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, last season cost them a top-four finish and a trophy.

Liverpool goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux, 21, has returned to Anfield from a loan spell at Swindon Town after turning up late for training and then paying his £50 fine in pennies.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side will win the Champions League soon.

West Brom contrived to throw away a two-goal lead in the second half as Romelu Lukaku inspired Everton to a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

Saido Berahino and Craig Dawson had put the Baggies 2-0 ahead.

It was the first time Everton had come back to win a game from two goals down in the Barclays Premier League since May 1994 – when they beat Wimbledon 3-2 to stay in the top flight.

Robert Fernandez, Barcelona’s sporting director, is said to have been present at Valencia’s most recent match, with the Catalan club reportedly keeping tabs on Shkodran Mustafi and Sofiane Feghouli.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Cristiano Ronaldo’s game improved at Manchester United thanks to the unselfish work of Wayne Rooney.

Rooney has lifted the lid on his fall out with Sir Alex Ferguson who he rates as “the best manager of all time.”

Italy international goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has said he regrets not ever playing in the Premier League.

FIFA’s ethics committee has banned former vice-president Jack Warner from taking part in any football-related activity at any level for life.

Chelsea have reportedly taken goalkeeper Marco Amelia on trial and are set to sign the former AC Milan man on a short-term basis.

Jose Mourinho believes there is a “desire to suspend” striker Diego Costa following his retrospective ban.

The Blues are weighing up a move for Porto midfielder Yacine Brahimi, 25, in January.

Fluminense have terminated Ronaldinho’s contract at the former two-time World Player of the Year’s request, the club announced on Monday night.

The 35-year-old midfielder had been with the Rio de Janeiro club for little more than two months.

During his time with the club, the former World Cup and Champions League winner participated in just nine games, failing to score or record an assist in a disappointing spell that saw him often booed by Tricolor supporters for poor performances.

Manchester United winger Ashley Young, 30, claims he is not bothered that manager Louis van Gaal says he is “not a Neymar”.

Young says he has not given up on his international career, despite having not played for England for more than two years.

Neymar’s agent Wagner Ribeiro has urged the embattled Brazil and Barcelona star to put his money in tax havens and move to Real Madrid before the end of his career.

A Brazilian court froze assets of Neymar, his family and related businesses valued at 188.8 million Brazilian reals ($48 million, €42 million) last week, with a Sao Paulo tribunal alleging the 23-year-old has evaded 63 million reals in Brazil taxes (almost $16m or €14m) between 2011 and 2013, when he was still a player with Brazilian club Santos.

Everton and Tottenham are considering a move for Italy defender Andrea Ranocchia, 27, from Inter Milan in the January transfer window.

Former Tottenham striker Roberto Soldado, 30, ‘favourited’ a tweet posted by Tottenham’s official account that confirmed Franco Baldini had left his role as technical director.

Former England midfielder David Beckham and wife Victoria are believed to be wealthier than the Queen.

Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes has been told by manager Louis van Gaal to visit the Carrington training ground only when the first team are not there and to work with the youth teams’ coaches.

New York Knicks basketball star Carmelo Anthony visited Emirates Stadium and told the Arsenal YouTube channel that he supports the Gunners.

Fans will stage a string of protests as part of the ‘Twenty’s Plenty’ campaign at the weekend after the Premier League’s average ticket prices were revealed to be the most expensive in the world at £53.76 – more than double Germany’s Bundesliga.

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Sepp Blatter: I’ve done nothing illegal or improper

Jose Mourinho says none of his Chelsea players are untouchable.

“Untouchables in football, only consistency can give you that status,” said Mourinho, whose champions are 15th in the Premier League after two wins in the opening seven games.

Lionel Messi will be back in action before the two months originally stipulated, Argentina team doctor Donato Villani has said.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp, 48, will only consider replacing Brendan Rodgers, 42, at Liverpool if he is given full control over future signings at Anfield – meaning an end to the club’s transfer committee.

Sunderland are considering whether to replace boss Dick Advocaat, 68, with 39-year-old former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, who is head of the elite development squad at Manchester City.

Manchester City could move for 24-year-old Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara – a former target for Manchester United.

Bayern Munich are looking to end Dinamo Zagreb’s undefeated run of 45 games in all competitions, with Jerome Boateng saying: “It’s time they are beaten.”

City manager Manuel Pellegrini walked out of a post-match press conference, telling reporters: “If you want to talk about stupid things then I do not answer stupid things.”

De Bruyne has begun his City career by scoring in all three of his starts for the club.

Midfield pair Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini have been ruled out of Arsenal’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos on Tuesday.

Arteta picked up a knock in the 5-2 victory at Leicester on Saturday while Flamini also suffered a hamstring problem in the same game and was substituted after 21 minutes.

Neymar has not yet signed Barcelona’s new contract offer because he is not convinced he can become the best player in the world while playing with Lionel Messi. He is considering a future move to Manchester United as a result.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez wants to sign a marquee player next summer and has set his sights upon Eden Hazard. Should he go to the Bernabeu, there is a chance either Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale could be sold.

Philippe Coutinho of Liverpool is a target of Barcelona, who have previously made an approach for the Brazil playmaker.

Sepp Blatter has said he will remain as president of FIFA, reiterating that “he had done nothing illegal or improper”.

Manchester United are interested in a move for Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir.

Manchester United are reportedly considering a January move for Sporting Lisbon defender Paulo Oliveira.

United scouts watched the centre-half during Sporting’s 2-1 win over Rio Ave on September 13.

The Red Devils have shortlisted Charlton Athletic left-back Morgan Fox as a potential replacement for Luke Shaw.

AC Milan is monitoring Hakan Calhanoglu’s situation, but Bayer Leverkusen value the player at €25 million, with his contract not due to expire until 2019.

Chelsea are keeping tabs on Porto’s defensive midfielder Ruben Neves.

Chelsea and Manchester United both want Dutch winger Tahith Chong, 15, who plays for Feyenoord.

The Blues and Liverpool are both considering a move for Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes.

Reports also suggest Arsenal and Chelsea will duke it out over FC Sion striker Moussa Konate. The 22-year-old striker has scored 21 goals in 35 appearances for the Swiss club.

Benfica are keen on Red Star Belgrade’s 17-year-old striker Luka Jovic.

Liverpool are preparing a bid for Dinamo Zagreb midfielder Marko Rog. The Croatian champions will want at least £8 million for the 20-year-old.

Everton are keeping tabs on Burnley centre-back Michael Keane.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has branded reports that he has agreed to sign former Inter Milan midfielder Ezequiel Schelotto as pure speculation.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish has pledged his international future to England over the Republic of Ireland.

Stoke forward Jonathan Walters, 32, said after scoring in the 2-1 win over Bournemouth that his future remains unresolved. He is out of contract next summer.

Tottenham are set to offer £345,000 for Brondby teenager Armend Aslani. The 17-year-old forward can play on either wing or as a central striker.

West Bromwich Albion will make a £3.5m bid for Birmingham winger Demarai Gray, 19, in the January transfer window.

A flat at Arsenal’s former Highbury home has gone up for sale. Fans can enjoy the communal garden that was once the Gunners’ pitch for a mere £660,000.

Serie A Results

Defender Leonardo Blanchard celebrates heading in the last gasp equaliser for newly promoted Frosinone
Defender Leonardo Blanchard celebrates heading in the last gasp equaliser for newly promoted Frosinone

Juventus’ poor start to the season continued as they were held 1-1 by newly promoted Frosinone.

Leonardo Blanchard last minute equalizer, after Simon Zaza had given Juve the lead, silenced the crowd at the Juventus stadium, earning Frosinone their first ever point in Serie A.

The draw leaves the Turin giants without a home win this season.

Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo scored the only goal of the contest at the Giuseppe Meazza stadium

to earn Inter a 1-0 win over Hellas Verona.

Inter held on for the victory and in the process kept a clean sheet for the third straight encounter and their fifth win.

Fiorentina moved up to second after goals from Jakub Blaszczykowski and substitute Nikola Kalinic steered them to a 2-0 win against Bologna.

Sassuolo won 1-0 away at Palermo, with Sergio Floccari scoring the only goal of the match.

The win lift them to third place.

Torino suffered a 1-0 defeat at Chievo as Lucas Castro’s 76th-minute goal meant the Flying Donkeys overtook Torino in the table.

Sampdoria defeated Roma 2-1.

Citadin Eder opened the scoring in the 51st minute and though Mohamed Salah equalised, Kostas Manolas’ late own goal handed Samp the points.

Napoli, who had looked to have got their season going after following up their 5-0 Europa League victory over Bruges by thrashing Lazio by the same score, were held to a goalless draw by winless Carpi despite dominating possession and having 22 attempts at goal.

Carpi 0 – 0 SSC Napoli

ChievoVerona 1 – 0 Torino

Fiorentina 2 – 0 Bologna

Inter 1 – 0 Hellas Verona

Juventus 1 – 1 Frosinone

Lazio 2 – 0 Genoa

Palermo 0 – 1 Sassuolo

Sampdoria 2 – 1 Roma

Bundesliga Results

Borussia Dortmund perfect start to the season came to a halt as they failed to win for the first time this season after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Hoffenheim.

Sebastian Rudy gave the under-pressure Markus Gisdol something to smile about on the Hoffenheim bench just before half-time, but Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brought Thomas Tuchel’s men level.

With the goal, Aubameyang became the first player in Bundesliga history to score in each of his club’s first six games in a season.

Dortmund’s 11-game winning streak came to an end, leaving them two points behind league leaders Bayern Munich.

Javier Hernandez scored his first Bundesliga goal to halt Bayer Leverkusen’s slide and earn them a 1-0 win over Mainz.

The victory puts an end to a three-game losing streak.

Borussia Monchengladbach picked up their first points of the season with a 4-2 win over Augsburg in their first game since Lucien Favre’s shock resignation.

Sitting on the bench for the first time as Gladbach’s caretaker coach, Andre Schubert could hardly believe his eyes as the Foals raced into a four-goal lead within 21 minutes at the Borussia Park Stadion.

Fabian Johnson put them in front as early as the fifth minute before three more goals in the space of three minutes effectively put the points in the bank, Granit Xhaka, Lars Stindl and Mahmoud Dahoud doing the honours.

Schalke moved up to third with two late goals earning them a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Joel Matip and Leroy Sane were the goal scorers.

The win lifts the Gelsenkirchen club above Wolfsburg into third place, three points adrift of local rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Stuttgart picked up their first win of the season to move off the foot of the table and increase the pressure on Hannover coach Michael Frontzeck, whose side slipped to the bottom of the table after a 3-1 home defeat.

Kenan Karaman gave the hosts the lead before Christian Gentner levelled for the visitors.

Timo Werner and Alexandru Maxim’s goals secured all three points for Stuttgart

Bayer Leverkusen 1 – 0 Mainz 05

Borussia Moenchengladbach 4 – 2 Augsburg

Hannover 96 1 – 3 VfB Stuttgart

Hoffenheim 1 – 1 Borussia Dortmund

Schalke 04 2 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt

Capital One Cup Fourth Round Draw

Manchester United and Arsenal will both face Championship opponents in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup, while Chelsea visit Stoke.

Thirteen Premier League sides made it through to the last 16, with United at home to Middlesbrough, while Arsenal travel to Sheffield Wednesday.

Liverpool host Bournemouth

Manchester City will host Crystal Palace.

Fourth Round Draw

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Manchester United v Middlesbrough

Everton v Norwich City

Southampton v Aston Villa

Sheffield Wednesday v Arsenal

Hull City v Leicester City

Stoke City v Chelsea