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Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson are injured ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.

Depay and Wilson were both injured in the Capital One Cup penalty shootout defeat by Middlesbrough while Valencia hurt his foot in the Manchester derby last weekend.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is being lined up as an interim manager at Chelsea – should they fire under-pressure Jose Mourinho.

Alternatively, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is preparing to replace Mourinho with former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas.

Leonid Slutsky – the current coach of the Russia national team and CSKA Moscow – is one of the options Abramovich would consider as a replacement for Mourinho.

Chelsea are planning a January move for 25-year-old Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, who has scored more goals than Robert Lewandowski this season.

Lionel Messi will remain at Barcelona but the club may be forced to sell Neymar, former Barcelona president Joan Laporta said.

Christian Benteke says he is fit to return to the Liverpool side when they take on Chelsea on Saturday.

Jurgen Klopp says his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho is “a nice guy if you are not a journalist or a referee” ahead of the Premier League champions’ match against Liverpool on Saturday.

Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has said he sees La Liga as his next destination after the Bundesliga, rather than the Premier League.

He has scored 20 goals in 17 matches in all competitions, 13 of which coming in 10 Bundesliga games, making him the joint-top scorer in Germany alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Arsene Wenger, however, defended the club’s training methods following criticism from Dutch fitness coach Raymond Verheijen, who also worked with Wales.

Here we go again! Ramsey, Walcott & Oxlade-Chamberlain out injured. I lost count. Has this pattern repeated itself 5 or 6 seasons already?

– Raymond Verheijen (@raymondverheije)

Arsene Wenger is considering Kieran Gibbs, 26, as an emergency winger after losing Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Aaron Ramsey to injury recently.

The Gunners are set to recall winger Serge Gnabry, 20, from his loan spell at West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester United and Liverpool target Nicolas Gaitan, 27, is ready to sign a new contract at Benfica.

Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes by telling him to keep his criticisms of Manchester United to himself or to tell them privately to the club’s powerbrokers.

Manager Van Gaal accused Scholes of panning his former club for his own profit after the retired midfielder, who played 718 times for United, said the Dutchman’s teams lacked “creativity and risk” and said his tactics made life harder for out-of-form captain Wayne Rooney.

Jose Mourinho is set to be in the dugout for Saturday’s meeting with Liverpool despite a Football Association misconduct charge.

Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez has denied that he is “too serious” a coach and that he controls such things as “olive oil on the salads.”

Former France president Nicolas Sarkozy has rejected Sepp Blatter’s claim that he was a crucial factor in Qatar being awarded the right to host the 2022 World Cup.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno says he will dance the flamenco if they win a trophy under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri delivered on his promise of pizza for his squad as a reward for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool defender Alberto Moreno, 23, says he suffered from an inner anger over his treatment by former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Moreno says he will dance the flamenco if they win a trophy under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Manchester City prospect Kelechi Iheanacho, 19, says striker Wilfried Bony has been like a big brother to him at the Etihad Stadium.

Aston Villa’s hopes of securing Remi Garde, 49, as their next manager may have been hampered by the Frenchman’s former club Lyon.

West Ham chairman David Sullivan believes the Hammers can complete a Premier League and FA Cup double.

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren has apologised to fans for the derby defeat by Sunderland.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes hopes his club can reach agreement with Jon Walters, 32, to extend the striker’s stay at the Britannia Stadium.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic says players must consider where and when they go out after striker Andy Carroll, 26, was reportedly involved in a row with a Chelsea fan in a restaurant.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri delivered on his promise of pizza for his squad as a reward for keeping a clean sheet against Crystal Palace.

A man has carved Arsenal legend Thierry Henry into a pumpkin as a wedding present for an Arsenal-mad couple.

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Chelsea forward Pedro, 28, has told friends he regrets moving to the club from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer and would be happy to return to the Nou Camp.

Blues midfielder Ramires has signed a new long-term contract with Chelsea which keeps him with the club until the summer of 2019.

Manchester United target Neymar will be offered a new £500,000-a-week deal by Barcelona, making the 23-year-old Brazil forward the third highest paid player in the world behind team-mate Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo is likely to end his career in England, according to former Sporting Lisbon teammate and Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Jose Semedo.

But Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane insists neither Ronaldo nor Gareth Bale will be sold by the La Liga club.

Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are both due to be out for three weeks with injuries picked up against Sheffield Wednesday, meaning they will miss Arsena’s trip to Bayern Munich.

Bayern are said to be in the market for a new right-back, with Real Madrid’s Dani Carvajal seemingly at the top of their list of targets. Reports claim the German champions will bid around €30 million.

Reports in Turkey suggest Vitor Pereira could be shown the exit door at Fenerbahce should Jose Mourinho express interest in taking over the Super Lig side.

Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon is wanted by Toronto Police in connection with an alleged sexual assault.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s agent, Mino Raiola, claims Toffees manager Roberto Martinez says the 22-year-old Belgium international can leave if a “good offer” comes in for him. He has been linked with Paris St-Germain.

Chelsea have failed to agree a severance package with former club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left the club after she and physio Jon Fearn were demoted from match-day duties for running onto the pitch to treat Eden Hazard in the opening-day draw with Swansea. A constructive dismissal claim could follow with the Blues being pursued for hundreds of thousands of pounds.

West Ham are preparing a £5m January move for AC Milan’s Japan forward Keisuke Honda, 29, but may have to see off competition from Spanish side Valencia.

Anderlecht youngster Aaron Leya Iseka, 18, is set to be Arsenal’s number one target for the January transfer window.

Angel Di Maria has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United.

Jose Mourinho just can’t catch a break at the moment as he lost a bet with a West Ham mascot because of his side’s 2-1 defeat by the Hammers last week.

Due to the tension between Eden Hazard and Mourinho, the Belgian could leave Stamford Bridge in the next transfer window. Paris Saint-Germain are said to have a strong interest in the winger.

Aston Villa winger Adama Traore, 19, will see his wages rise from the £40,000 a week he currently gets to around £75,000 a week when he makes a certain number of appearances for the Premier League strugglers.

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen says Rooney’s impact is being “restricted” by the tactics of the club’s manager Louis van Gaal.

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier claims he had to get rid of a drinking culture in his time at the club, and says the Anfield side’s current troubles are down to the signing of too many players.

Suspended Uefa president and Fifa presidential candidate Michel Platini says he is still the person “most able to run world football” and insists that there was nothing improper about the £1.3m payment made to him by outgoing Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

Four of Fifa’s biggest sponsors have not ruled out ending their association with world football’s governing body unless it commits to an independent reform process.

Linda Pizzuti Henry, the wife of Liverpool’s principal owner John W Henry, was happy to see the Reds beat Bournemouth in the League Cup for their first win under manager Jurgen Klopp.

Devante Cole – the 20-year-old son of former Manchester United striker Andy Cole – says he left Manchester City because the club do not give young English players a fair chance.

The Football Association will investigate the directing of a laser towards Man Utd’s Wayne Rooney against Middlesbrough.

FC United of Manchester have protested to the Football Association over broadcaster BT’s insistence that their FA Cup first round tie against Chesterfield takes place on a Monday night. The club say they are willing to forego the £65,000 they will receive for the match being televised to keep it on a weekend for supporters.

Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano told a court on Thursday that he did not properly pay his taxes in Spain after moving from Liverpool.

Capital One Cup Draw

Southampton will host Liverpool in the only all-Premier League tie in the draw for the quarterfinals of the Capital One Cup.

The two sides drew 1-1 in the league at Anfield on Sunday, and will meet again in the last eight.

Manchester City have been handed another home tie, drawn against Championship outfit Hull City.

Sheffield Wednesday’s reward for a 3-0 win over Arsenal is a trip to Stoke City.

The final tie sees Middlesbrough, who knocked Manchester United out on penalties, entertain Everton.

Fourth round ties, to be played the week of November 30.

Southampton v Liverpool

Manchester City v Hull City

Stoke v Sheffield Wednesday

Middlesbrough v Everton

Capital One Cup Results

Manchester United lost on penalties to Championship side Middlesbrough after 120 goalless minutes in their Capital One Cup fourth-round tie at Old Trafford.

Wayne Rooney, Michael Carrick and Ashley Young all missed spot-kicks as Boro reached the quarter-finals.

Middlesbrough had a remarkable Daley Blind own goal disallowed for offside in the 58th minute.

Wilfried Bony and Kelechi Iheanacho were among the goalscorers as Manchester City eased into the Capital One Cup quarter-finals with a 5-1 win over Crystal Palace.

With Sergio Aguero still injured, the spotlight remains on City’s other forwards and Bony set them on the way to a comfortable win at the Etihad Stadium with a fine header.

The lively 19-year-old Iheanacho then got in on the act after Kevin De Bruyne had maintained his recent scoring streak with City’s second.

Yaya Toure added a fourth from the penalty spot and substitute Manu Garcia rounded off a good night’s work with a fifth in stoppage time after a Damien Delaney consolation.

City lost defender Pablo Zabaleta to injury after a four-minute stoppage, and could face a long layoff.

Jurgen Klopp’s first victory as Liverpool manager was secured via the unlikeliest of sources as Nathaniel Clyne scored the only goal to beat Bournemouth 1-0.

The England defender, playing in an unfamiliar left-back position, netted his first goal for the club he joined in the summer to book a Capital One Cup quarter-final place.

The German handed first starts to academy graduates Joao Teixeira, Cameron Brannagan and Connor Randall, making his debut and all fared well.

None of the starting XI had scored this season and only two, Dejan Lovren and Joe Allen, had ever found the net for the club

Southampton progressed to the Capital One Cup quarter-finals with a 2-1 victory that added further misery to struggling managerless Aston Villa’s already sorry season.

Despite an often disjointed performance, classy goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pelle proved more than enough to defeat clearly demoralised opposition and to build on the promising form of recent weeks, even amid Scott Sinclair’s stoppage-time penalty.

Liverpool 1 – 0 AFC Bournemouth

Manchester City 5 – 1 Crystal Palace

Southampton 2 – 1 Aston Villa

Manchester United 0 – 0 Middlesbrough (Pen 1-3)

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Mourinho’s representatives are finding out about the Portuguese moving to Paris St-Germain or back to Inter Milan if the 52-year-old is sacked by Chelsea.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola’s contract does not expire until next summer and Carlo Ancelotti is expected to reject a return to Stamford Bridge on a temporary basis. However, another ex-Blues boss in Guus Hiddink may be a possibility.

Guardiola, 44, says he is “not going to answer questions” about his future anymore.

Ancelotti would consider returning to Chelsea but only if he is offered a permanent deal.

Barcelona want to offer Lionel Messi a new contract that will see the Argentine star end his career at Camp Nou. Messi’s current deal runs until 2018 and he has a €250 million release clause.

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, has agreed to play in Wayne Rooney’s testimonial at Old Trafford in August.

Eden Hazard is not a priority for Real Madrid and Barcelona who are both interested in the Belgium international but are not willing to break the bank for the Chelsea star.

Keylor Navas is set to be offered a new contract for his excellent start to the season at Real Madrid, with the deal expected to be concluded by the end of the year. Madrid have not, however, ruled out another move for David de Gea.

Neymar has emerged as an alternative to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG next summer. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first choice but the French side could turn to the Bara star instead.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is very interested in David Beckham’s new Miami MLS franchise and could be the marquee signing of the Florida side. He is out of contract at the end of the season with PSG.

The agent of Paris St-Germain and Italy midfielder Marco Verratti has told Europe’s top clubs they can sign the 22-year-old if they pay £72m.

Former Juventus and New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, has ruled out a loan move to Manchester City during the MLS off-season.

Schalke’s Kevin-Prince Boateng could re-join AC Milan, particularly in light of the news Jeremy Menez is to miss four months due to injury. Suso and Keisuke Honda could be pushed out as a result.

Oscar Cardozo is not happy with his situation at Trabzonspor. Since joining the club from Benfica he has regularly been used as a substitute and could look to leave in the winter, with Ajax long-term admirers of the striker.

Aston Villa have lined up St Etienne coach Christophe Galtier, 49, should current favourite, former Lyon manager Remi Garde, stall over his chance to take over at the club.

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has ruled himself out of the running for the Aston Villa job but believes the club should give a lower-division manager the job.

Isco has asked to leave Real Madrid and is keen on a move to the Premier League with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool all interested.

Alexandre Pato could be set for a surprise move to West Ham with Corinthians keen to offload the Brazilian.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has Queens Park Rangers’ striker Charlie Austin on his ‘radar’ – but the 26-year-old is not targeting a move in the January transfer window.

Manchester City are keen to sign Ever Banega from Sevilla. Manuel Pellegrini was impressed by the 27-year-old during City’s clash with the Uefa Cup holders in the Champions League.

Bayern Leverkusen will refuse to sell Hakan Calhanoglu for less than £29m. Arsenal and Manchester United have both been linked with the midfielder but will have to spend big to land the midfielder.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his transfer targets are keen to move to Old Trafford but that they are being stopped by their clubs.

French prime minister Manuel Valls says Barcelona could play in his country’s top division if Catalonia votes for independence and the Nou Camp club are kicked out of La Liga.

Former Sunderland and Brighton boss Gus Poyet, 47, is set to become the new manager of Greek side AEK Athens.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireldhas been back in his native Belgium as he tweeted a picture with the message: “Had a lovely two days in Antwerp. Always nice to see family and friends again. Now back to London.”

Sheffield Wednesday knocked Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday and Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham,who spent spells on loan with the Owls, tweeted his congratulations to the Hillsborough club.

Venezuelan footballer Cesar Martinez celebrated a goal by making the ball levitate with the help of his team-mates.

Newcastle United head coach Steve McClaren has Queens Park Rangers’ striker Charlie Austin on his ‘radar’ – but the 26-year-old is not targeting a move in the January transfer window.

Xavi believes Manchester United need to replace Wayne Rooney up front – but he reckons the England captain can play on in a deeper role.

Yaya Toure says he stayed at Manchester City this summer out of loyalty to Manuel Pellegrini.

Capital One Cup Results

Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Sheffield Wednesday players celebrate their 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

Arsenal were unceremoniously dumped out of the Capital One Cup as Sheffield Wednesday blew them away with a stunning 3-0 victory at Hillsborough.

The Gunners, who beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Everton to briefly go top of the Premier League in the last seven days, were brought back down to earth by the Championship outfit, who deservedly progressed to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2002 thanks to goals from Ross Wallace, Lucas Joao and Sam Hutchinson.

It means that Arsene Wenger’s wait for a first League Cup of his lengthy reign goes on and the Gunners have not won this competition since 1993, when they were victors over the Owls at Wembley.

But what may come as a bigger cost to Wenger on a damaging night is injuries suffered to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, who both went off in the opening stages of the match.

The fortunes of the two sides in those 22 years could not have been more different, but Wednesday were every inch the worthy winners and they claim a second successive Premier League scalp following a third-round victory at Newcastle.

Chelsea’s season suffered yet another turn for the worse on Tuesday night as Stoke knocked the holders out of the Capital One Cup.

The pressure on Jose Mourinho cranked up another notch at the Britannia Stadium as 10-man Stoke claimed a 5-4 win on penalties following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes.

Eden Hazard was the only man in the shootout who failed to convert his spot-kick, the playmaker stepping up last and seeing his effort saved by Jack Butland to increase Blues boss Mourinho’s woes.

Diego Costa was forced off injured in the first half, and they subsequently fell behind when Jonathan Walters cracked a superb 52nd-minute effort in off the bar.

The Blues snatched a leveller in stoppage time through substitute Loic Remy, moments before Phil Bardsley’s sending off gave them a man advantage.

Everton reached the Capital One Cup quarter-finals after keeping their cool in the penalty shoot-out to advance past Norwich at Goodison Park.

Sebastien Bassong’s first goal since December 2012 had given Norwich a 51st-minute lead that was cancelled out by Everton captain Leon Osman’s equaliser 17 minutes later.

The two sides could not be separated after 120 minutes in a 1-1 draw, but the Toffees converted all four of their penalties while Joel Robles saved from Wes Hoolahan and Nathan Redmond shot over when needing to score as Everton progressed 4-3.

Hull City beat Premier League high-fliers Leicester on penalties to make the League Cup quarter-finals for the first time in their history.

The Tigers needed a shoot-out to see off Accrington at the first hurdle and 11 weeks on Steve Bruce’s men stepped up to the spot once again to keep their run in the competition going.

Back-up goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic was the hero, denying Riyad Mahrez – whose extra-time goal had been cancelled out by Abel Hernandez – and leaving David Meyler to strike home the decisive spot-kick against a much-changed Leicester.

Everton 1 – 1 Norwich City (Pen 4-3)

Hull City 1 – 1 Leicester City (Pen 5-4)

Sheffield Wednesday 3 – 0 Arsenal

Stoke City 1 – 1 Chelsea (Pen 5-4)

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Chelsea are preparing for Jose Mourinho’s departure following Saturday’s loss at West Ham, during which the manager was sent to the stands.

Mourinho will be given one more chance to save his job, but defeat to Liverpool next Saturday will result in his sacking.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, 44, is Chelsea’s first-choice replacement for Mourinho if the Portuguese cannot find a solution to the Premier League champions’ poor form.

Also, former Chelsea managers Carlo Ancelotti and Guus Hiddink are waiting in the wings to return to the club and replace Jose Mourinho if he is sacked by Roman Abramovich.

Alternatively, Mourinho retains the backing of Abramovich, despite his sending off and the defeat at West Ham.

Former Lyon boss Remi Garde, 49, is the front-runner to succeed Tim Sherwood at Aston Villa, after the 46-year-old’s dismissal on Sunday.

But Villa are also keen to interview Real Sociedad manager David Moyes, 52, while Sherwood could be in line to manage Swindon Town.

Aston Villa are also eyeing Burnley manager Sean Dyche as a potential replacement for Sherwood.

Sherwood is set to collect around £2m in compensation after his sacking.

Arsenal want to bring former captain Patrick Vieira back to the club with a view to making the 39-year-old manager in the future.

Manchester United have made contact with Antoine Griezmann’s agent in the hope they can lure the Atletico Madrid man to Old Trafford.

Real Madrid are lining up a move for Leicester City’s England forward Jamie Vardy, 28, in the January transfer window.

Vardy, who has scored 10 goals already this season, is also wanted by Liverpool and Tottenham.

PSG are lining up a move for Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli. Club scouts watched the youngster in action during Spurs’ defeat to Anderlecht in midweek.

Liverpool are ready to battle Barcelona and PSG for Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Jurgen Klopp is keen to bring in striking reinforcements and worked with the striker at BVB.

Edinson Cavani has made up his mind on his next career move, with the PSG striker seemingly set on a £35 million move to Stamford Bridge.

The agent of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has denied there is an agreement in place for the 22-year-old France international to move to Spain at the end of the season.

Chelsea captain John Terry is a target for Qatari club Al Arabi, whose manager is the defender’s former Blues team-mate Gianfranco Zola.

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis wants countries to pay the wages of players when they are away on international duty.

Louis van Gaal is “sick” of talking about Wayne Rooney and the 30-year-old England forward’s struggle for form.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher says the club’s new manager Jurgen Klopp may need to sign a winger in January in order to add balance to a squad.

The form of Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard, 36, has prompted 84% of respondents to a vote to state he should be dropped from the starting XI.

Injured Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was clearly happy with the point his side picked up at Old Trafford in the Manchester derby to top the Premier League. The 27-year-old tweeted:”Very serious match for all the squad, with a lot of attitude. A point that matters, and much, to hold the top. C’mon, City!”

City captain Vincent Kompany, 29, tweeted:”We always go for the win but a draw was a good result today. I’m sure the next derby at the Etihad will be a great one.”

Luis Suarez posted on Instagramto show off the match ball he picked up after netting three for Barcelona in their defeat of Eibar. The 28-year-old Uruguay striker wrote: “Very happy Catalans to celebrate my first year with a very important victory … Thank you all for your support!!!”

It would appear Harry Kane has been granted a holiday after his hat-trick in Tottenham’s win at Bournemouth. The 22-year-old England striker tweeted:”Great result today! Buzzing with the hat-trick! Nice little break away with Kate Goodland now.”

Sunderland striker Ola Toivonen is clearly enjoying his loan spell on Wearside, as his tweet after Sunday’s 3-0 winover local rivals Newcastle – their sixth successive Tyne-Wear derby victory – attests: “Wow! What an atmosphere today! 3-0 and first win of the season. Fans and teammates were amazing! 6 in a row!! #Hawaythelads”

A Barnsley fan who had to be rescued by police at the club’s Oakwell ground late on Saturday night claims he was trapped in the stadium after falling asleep on the toilet during their defeat by Fleetwood seven hours earlier.

A player in this season’s Fantasy Football League is defying the odds by being placed 18th out of over 3.5 million participants despite appearing to have not made any substitutions or transfers to their team since the start of the campaign.

United are back in the frame to sign Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels, though it is said BVB are working hard to have the player sign an extension.