Lionel Messi’s representatives have dropped the biggest hint yet that the forward will leave Barcelona. He is growing increasingly angry at ongoing issues with the Spanish tax authorities, with Chelsea and both Manchester clubs having made contact.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is more valuable than 28-year-old Barcelona rival Lionel Messi, according to a Forbes list of the most valuable athlete brands in the world.
Arsenal have joined Premier League rivals Liverpool and West Ham in pursuing Porto teenager Ruben Neves, but the Portuguese club’s president says the midfielder is not for sale.
Arsenal are hopeful of signing Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi from under Barcelona’s noses with the Argentine available for a cut-price fee in January.
Athletic Bilbao have told Manchester United they must pay £35 million to sign defender Aymeric Laporte, with Chelsea and Barcelona also interested.
Tottenham have twice sent scouts to watch Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard with the White Hart Lane outfit keen on the Chelsea star’s brother.
Everton are keen to open contract talks with defender John Stones after three failed bids from Chelsea in the summer transfer window.
Jose Mourinho has made signing Antoine Griezmann his No.1 priority and is urging owner Roman Abramovich to break the £50m record he spent on Fernando Torres. The Frenchman could replace Eden Hazard, who is considering leaving the club.
Nuri Sahin endured a miserable time on loan at Liverpool back in 2012, the move prematurely cut short after six months, but he could be set to return. Jurgen Klopp, who coached him at Dortmund, remains a big fan of the midfielder.
Fiorentina are one of a host of sides keen on Chelsea forward Radamel Falcao, with Valencia, Villarreal and former club Porto having shown an interest in the Monaco loanee.
New York City FC are ready to replace manager Jason Kreis with Manchester City coach Patric Vieira. The Frenchman is currently in charge of the Premier League side’s youth team but could be persuaded to move to the United States.
Swansea boss Garry Monk says the journalist who wrote he had missed training on Wednesday amid speculation over the security of his job “should take a day off”.
On-loan Crystal Palace striker Patrick Bamford, 22, could be heading back to parent club Chelsea who are growing increasingly concerned over his lack of first-team football.
Louis van Gaal has said he believes in smaller squads, but admits he is “one player short”
Van Gaal says the Premier League without a winter break is “evil”
Arsene Wenger says he would “cry” if the Boxing Day games were scrapped to incorporate a winter break in the Premier League
Wenger has admitted he regrets not giving Aaron Ramsey a rest against Watford last weekend with the midfielder now facing a month out.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wore a suit instead of a tracksuit and trainers for his first home game in charge, and his choice of attire was a hot topic of discussion on Twitter as some appreciated the effort, while others would have preferred a more casual approach.
Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed suggestions he is punishing his Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany for playing for Belgium
Heather Rabbatts could be removed from the Football Association board following her public support for former Chelsea doctor Eva Carneiro.
Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Jose Mourinho “can always count on me” despite the 27-year-old being substituted just 28 minutes after coming on against Southampton.
West Brom midfielder Darren Fletcher, 31, says he was told he may never play again after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis several years ago.
Brighton are looking to step up their interest in signing Boca Juniors striker Jonathan Calleri, 22, but face competition from Serie A side Inter Milan.