2015 FIFA Puskas award: Messi, Florenzi, Wendell make the list

FIFA has announced the final three-player shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award for the best goal of 2015.

 

The final three remain from the list of 10 announced earlier in November.

The list includes Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, AS Roma’s Alessandro Florenzi and Wendell Lira of Goianesia.

 

Messi, 28, is selected for a goal he scored against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa Del Rey final in May, when he collected the ball just inside his own half before beating five men and slotting a shot into the bottom corner.

 

Florenzi’s goal was scored in the UEFA Champions League. The defender picked up a loose ball deep in his own half in a group match against Barcelona this season before bursting down the right flank. He then lofted an unbelievable effort over goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen from the touchline just inside the Barca half.

 

Wendell provides the one strike which comes from South America, netted against Atletico-GO for Goianesia in Brazil’s Campeonato Goiano in March. He scored with a stunning bicycle kick from 10 yards out after a running on to a lofted pass through the centre.

 

Colombia and Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez won last year’s award for his strike against Uruguay at the 2014 World Cup,

 

High-profile names among the seven dropped from the running are Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez, for an exhilarating solo effort he scored while still at Juventus in a Serie A game against Parma last November, and AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes for his stunning volley in an International Champions Cup friendly against city rivals Inter.

Also, Lloyd, who plays her club football for Houston Dash in the National Women’s Soccer League in the U.S, scored an outstanding goal in the final of the Women’s World Cup against Japan in July but it was not enough to see her emulate Stephanie Roche last season by representing women’s football in the final three.

 

The winner will be announced at the FIFA Ballon d’Or ceremony in Zurich on January 11, 2016.

2015 Ballon d’or: Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar on final three-man list

Barcelona duo Lionel Messi and Neymar and Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo have been shortlisted for the 2015 FIFA Ballon d’Or award.

 

The three were chosen from a longer list of 23 names.

Ronaldo and Messi have dominated the prize for the last seven years but both face strong competition this year from Messi’s Barcelona team-mate Neymar.

 

Ronaldo has won four Ballon d’Or awards, including for the past two years.

Messi also has four, which came consecutively from 2009 to 2012.

 

Messi, is the favourite to win the award, helped Barcelona win the treble last season, and could make it Ballon d’Or number five in 2016.

 

Ronaldo certainly feels no reason to expect an upset.

“To be honest I think Messi is going to win this year because this kind of trophy, it depends on votes,”

“You win competitions, you win the Champions League you win the league in terms of individual. I did probably the best season of my career which is good and I was the highest scorer in Europe [but] it’s all about votes.

 

“It is difficult and to be honest I am not very worried about that because as I said many times, I never thought I would win three times to be honest.”

 

At 23, Neymar is the youngest of the finalists.

The Brazil forward netted twice as Barcelona beat Real Sociedad in the Premiera Division on Saturday, and afterwards spoke of his pride at being included among the contenders.

“I have never played football to be the best player in the world, or to win the Ballon d’Or. I’ve always just played with the idea of continually getting better, to always surpass my goals, to always be better, play better, train better,” he said.

“To be the best in the world is the direct result of all of this work. If today I am being spoken of in such terms, it is a clear sign that what I am doing is working.”

 

The winner wil be announced alongside four other awards at FIFA’s Ballon d’Or Gala in Zurich, on the 11th of January, 2016.

 

FIFA Ballon d’Or nominees:

Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid/Portugal)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona/Argentina)

Neymar (Barcelona/Brazil)

 

FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year nominees:

Carli Lloyd (Houston Dash/USA) Aya Miyama (Okayama Yunogo Belle/Japan)

Célia Šašić (FFC Frankfurt/Germany)

 

FIFA World Men’s Coach of the Year nominees:

Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) Luis Enrique Martínez (Barcelona) Jorge Sampaoli (Chile)

 

FIFA World Women’s Coach of the Year nominess:

Jill Ellis (USA)

Mark Sampson (England)

Norio Sasaki (Japan).

 

FIFA Puskas Award nominees:

Alessandro Florenzi (Roma v Barcelona, 16/09/15)

Wendell Lira (Atletico-GO v Goianesia, 11/03/15)

Lionel Messi (Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao, 30/05/15)

 

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Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, has given his word to Paris St-Germain that they are the only club for whom he would quit the Bernabeu. The Portugal international has been linked with a return to Manchester United.

 

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is set to return from three months on the sidelines for the trip to Bournemouth on Saturday

 

A string of big-name actors have been lined up to play Jamie Vardy in a film about his rise to become Premier League goals record breaker.

 

Vardy’s record-breaking goalscoring run has caught the eye of Adrian Butchart, the man behind the Goal! films, who believes the Leicester striker’s journey could be a Hollywood hit.

 

Russia has banned its football clubs from signing Turkish players, according to Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko.

Tensions between the two countries have increased after Turkey shot down a Russian jet last week, which Russia president Vladimir Putin responded to by announcing a host of sanctions including restrictions on imports of some Turkish goods and a ban on charter flights.

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is preparing a bid for Neymar having missed out on signing the Barcelona star in 2013.

 

Arsenal are set to make an offer for Celta Vigo forward Nolito, but the 29-year-old would prefer a move to Barcelona.

 

Arsene Wenger has revealed he turned down several loan offers for forward Joel Campbell, 23, in the summer.

 

Victor Valdes’ wife has hit out at Manchester United for not inviting her husband to a charity function at Old Trafford on Sunday

 

Manchester United are tracking Fiorentina’s former West Brom midfielder Borja Valero, 30, and his 18-year-old team-mate Breel Embolo.

 

Atletico Madrid will seek a replacement for injured midfielder Tiago in January, with Monaco’s Jeremy Toulalan, 32, top of their list.

 

Javier Pastore has had a frustrating season to date at Paris Saint-Germain, and Manchester City are preparing to make a January bid for the playmaker.

 

Despite only having joined the Blues in the Summer, Chelsea’s Papy Djilobodji has been linked with a January switch to Lazio due to a lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge.

 

Arsenal are preparing a £22 million bid for Porto’s defensive midfielder Ruben Neves. The Gunners would be willing to pay £12m up front, with another £10m in add-ons for the 18-year-old.

 

West Ham and Chelsea are both interested in Genoa midfielder Rolando Mandragora, 18, who is on loan at Serie B side Pescara.

 

Monaco defender Almamy Toure became the first Ligue 1 right-back to score a double in over five years against Marseille on Sunday and is being monitored by Barcelona.

 

Barcelona do not have a clause allowing them to buy back winger Adama Traore, 19, who signed for Aston Villa for £7m in August.

 

Serie A sides AC Milan, Inter, Juventus and Bologna are interested in Leicester City forward Andrej Kramaric, 24.

 

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says he would not swap striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, for Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, 28, who has broken the record for scoring in consecutive Premier League games.

 

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard was back in familiar surroundings on Monday as he joined the first-team squad for training.

 

Michael Owen has responded to praise of Chris Smalling by claiming that even he could play centre-half in Louis van Gaal’s Man Utd side

 

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp, 68, could take charge at Newcastle United if Steve McClaren is sacked, but 42-year-old former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is favourite to get the job.

 

Newcastle are not expected to sack McClaren, 54, but owner Mike Ashley will turn to his football board and PR chief Keith Bishop for answers after the Magpies returned to the Premier League relegation zone.

 

Phil Neville and Voro will take charge of first-team affairs at Valencia following the resignation of Nuno on Sunday night.

 

QPR plan to name their new manager this week from a shortlist of three – with Burton boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, 43, favourite for the job ahead of former Charlton and Huddersfield manager Chris Powell, 46, and Walsall’s Dean Smith, 44.

 

Watford forward Troy Deeney, 27, who scored against Aston Villa on Saturday, said he failed a trial at Villa Park as a youngster because he was “more interested in chasing girls”.

 

Crystal Palace’s players enjoyed a Christmas party after Saturday’s win over Newcastle, with winger Wilfried Zaha posting this picture of the team in fancy dress.

 

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett said he did not mean to push Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez during their 1-1 draw on Sunday, tweeting:”Genuinely was trying to stop, not push Sanchez, just to clear that up.”

 

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish has been photographed partying again – but this time he was at a junior fan-club Christmas party at Dudley Zoo.

 

Championship side Brentford have confirmed the appointment of Dean Smith as their new head coach.

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Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season.

 

Guardiola is “understood” to see Manchester United as his preferred option when he decides to leave the German giants.

 

However, Guardiola, has also refused to answer questions about reports in his native Spain linking him to the manager’s job at City.

 

Real Madrid have added Guardiola to the list of possible replacements for Rafa Benitez.

 

Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is ready to return to Manchester United, even if he gets an offer from French champions Paris St-Germain.

 

Real have made Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno a January transfer target, causing fears that they’ll lose the Spaniard midway through the season.

 

Juventus are desperate for a new midfielder, with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan top of their shortlist.

 

Manchester City will offer £28.1 million to sign with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. The Brazilian player impressed the Citizens in the last Champions League matchday.

 

City defender Martin Demichelis, 34, could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland or move to MLS club New York City FC.

 

Chelsea are ready to make a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, in January.

 

Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in “deep” talks to sign him.

 

Chelsea midfielder Willian, 27, has been backed to break the record for the most number of goals from free-kicks in a single Champions League season by the man who set it – ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.

 

Leicester City would be willing to let in-form striker Jamie Vardy leave in the January transfer window, should Chelsea or Manchester City offer more than £30m for the 28-year-old.

 

Plenty of current and ex-professionals congratulated Jamie Vardy on breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, including the former Manchester United striker. The Dutchman tweeted:”Well done Vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”

 

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a fan of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and could make a mega-bid in the coming months.

 

Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic ahead of a January bid, though Barcelona are also monitoring the situation.

 

Arsenal are set to enter the race for Everton defender John Stones, 21, and manager Arsene Wenger is willing spend big to land his man.

 

However, the Toffees defender has also alerted La Liga giants Barcelona after it was reported he is taking Spanish lessons.

 

Arsenal have also emerged as the frontrunners to sign Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 26, from Bayer Leverkusen in January.

 

The Gunners are keen to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of teenage striker Breel Embolo, who is valued at £21 million by Basel.

 

Tottenham are ready to offer England winger Andros Townsend, 24, plus cash in a £25m package for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22.

 

Liverpool are ready to make a £20m swoop for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 22, but face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton.

 

Jurgen Klopp will look to raid his old club for £31.5m-rated winger Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels, both 26, valued at £24.5m.

 

Manchester United could resurrect a deal for Paris St-Germain forward Lucas Moura, 23, who they almost signed four years ago.

 

AC Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is understood to have impressed Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119m, according to his agent Mino Raiola.

 

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period.

 

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has some advice for Aston Villa’s 20-year-old Jack Grealish, who has been dropped after his partying antics were criticised. Carragher says ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier told him: “Don’t go to the nightclubs now. Buy a nightclub when you have finished playing.”

 

West Ham are reviving their interest in 27-year-old Inter Milan full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio after failing to agree a deal in the summer.

 

The Football Association is to ask the Premier League to reduce the elite division from 20 clubs to 18, in a move the FA believes will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England.

 

Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray, 24, who began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term.

 

Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton, now in charge at unbeaten Championship side Brighton, insists McClaren is the right man for Newcastle.

 

Jose Mourinho has claimed former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba criticised the club because he is looking to sell copies of his new book.

 

Neymar said he wants to extend his Barcelona contract after scoring more in Saturday’s 4-0 La Liga win against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.

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_84905589_messiLionel Messi’s agents have had initial discussions about a deal with Manchester City that would see the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward join on a weekly wage of £800,000.

 

Pep Guardiola has agreed to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season to take over from Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. Carlo Ancelotti is the favourite to replace Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.

 

City’s reserve goalkeeper Willy Caballero says he is ready to step up and replace Joe Hart should the England international’s hamstring injury force him to miss games.

 

Chelsea are lining up January moves for Leicester’s England striker Jamie Vardy, 28, and Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28. Dembele’s Spurs team-mate Harry Kane, 22, is also a target for the Blues, but Jose Mourinho’s side will wait until the summer before making a bid. Tottenham remain confident they can resist interest from Chelsea or Manchester United in England striker Kane. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is convinced Kane will stay at White Hart Lane to win trophies with the Lilywhites.

 

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made Bayern winger Franck Ribery his top transfer target in January. Despite the Frenchman having spent much of the last two years injured, the Russian oligarch is willing to splash £45 million on the 32-year-old. Chelsea are also considering a move for former Blackburn striker Nikola Kalinic in January. The 27-year-old Croatia international has scored 10 goals in nine Serie A matches for Fiorentina this season.

 

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has decided he will hand in a transfer request, putting Manchester United on red alert.

 

Neymar will replace Cristiano Ronaldo as Nike’s leading player from June 2016.

 

James Rodriguez is growing disenchanted at Real Madrid under the guidance of Rafa Benitez, as he feels he has been unfairly treated by the coach. In addition, he also wants an increase in his salary.

 

Barcelona starlet Sergi Roberto is to be offered a new deal, to raise his salary and ensure the €30 million release clause attached to his contract, which could rise to €40m, is shifted upwards. His deal could be extended beyond 2019.

 

Sevilla and Marseille are on alert as forward Wissam Ben Yedder will be allowed to depart Toulouse.

 

Jerome Boateng is going to sign a renewed contract that will keep him at Bayern Munich until 2021. The German international has been at the Allianz Arena since 2011.

 

Juventus have seen a £10 million bid for attacking midfielder Samir Nasri rejected ahead of the January transfer window. The Frenchman is currently out injured and Manchester City aren’t listening to offers for him.

 

Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill has been warned that he has three weeks to agree terms on a lon-term contract or he won’t get one at all. The Blues’ policy of not giving long-term contracts to players over 30 has led to this deadline.

 

Lazio midfielder Ravel Morrison is close to returning to England “for personal reasons” after an underwhelming spell at the Italian club. The 22-year-old has played only three league games since joining on a free from West Ham.

 

Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini, 33, will be offered a final chance to prove he remains the right man to captain the side in Saturday’s match against Crystal Palace. Meanwhile, Magpies manager Steve McClaren has told the club’s board he cannot guarantee the team’s Premier League survival without major changes to their transfer policy.

 

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is hoping to lure Sporting striker Islam Slimani to the club in an effort to boost their forward line, which has struggled to produce goals this season.

 

Newcastle United are planning ambitious bids for Swansea City centre-midfielder Jonjo Shelvey and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend as they plan their January business in an effort to avoid relegation.

 

Manchester United’s stars have been pitted against some of their angry WAGs due to Louis van Gaal’s policy of surprise training sessions in evenings. Some of the players are reportedly unhappy at being forced to train at such antisocial hours. An anonymous Manchester United star has reportedly admitted that he is “half the player” under Louis van Gaal and feels he “can’t express himself properly”.

 

Jermain Defoe, 33, is fit for Sunderland’s home match against Stoke, despite suffering an ankle injury in Monday’s 1-0 victory at Crystal Palace.

 

Swansea forward Andre Ayew has suggested he could leave for a top Premier League club in January, with Liverpool reported to be interested in the 25-year-old.

 

Bournemouth are planning a £6m move for Crystal Palace striker Dwight Gale, 25, in January to replace the injured Callum Wilson, 23.

 

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard says he is disappointed his former club Liverpool did not sign 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli before Tottenham did.

 

Thorgan Hazard has had little playing time at Borussia Monchengladbach and so Anderlecht will try to sign the winger on loan.

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Sir Alex Ferguson is driving Manchester United’s push to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The Scot has taken the opportunity to sweet talk the Madrid star on several occassions recently as he tries to persuade the Portuguese to shun PSG for Old Trafford.

 

Meanwhile, Paris St-Germain will offer Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital.

 

Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new £17m-a-year contract to remain as Bayern Munich manager.

 

Luis Enrique is keen on a move for Miralem Pjanic but the Roma midfielder’s €50 million valuation is too high for Barcelona. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also keen on the 25-year-old.

 

Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Muller received a boost as the latest round of talks between the striker and Bayern Munich hit a roadblock. The German is hesistating over a new deal, but his current contract runs until 2019.

 

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

 

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China.

 

Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer.

 

Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians.

 

Juventus are lining up a January move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco as they look to move back up the Serie A table, following their disappointing start to the season.

 

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries.

 

Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.

 

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.

 

Tottenham are in pole position to sign Axel Witsel in January. Spurs are long-time admirers of the Belgian, who is keen to leave the Russian Premier League. AC Milan are also interested, but Witself rejected a loan move to San Siro previously.

 

Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.

 

Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea.

 

Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira’s former assistant and was a member of Manchester United’s so-called ‘Class of 92’.

 

Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.

 

Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.

 

Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham.

 

Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

 

Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano.

 

Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.

 

Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.

 

Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.

 

Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October.

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Belgium and Spain have called off Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels because of security concerns.

Chelsea are set to complete the purchase of AFC Wimbledon’s ground at Kings meadow after the Dons Trust agreed to sell the stadium lease.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a comeback after completing his first full training session in more than a month

Jurgen Klopp will bring Jose Enrique back into the Liverpool first team set-up due to a lack of defensive options.

Alexis Sanchez might be an injury concern for Chile, but the Arsenal star has dismissed the notion that he is nearing burnout.

On Monday it was reported that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was open to a move to Arsenal. Some Gunners fans have taken to Twitterto suggest starting a fund to help pay his £600,000-a-week wage demands.

Arsenal are considering a move for defender Armando Izzo after the scouting the centre-back in Genoa’s clash with Napoli.

Barcelona are lining up a move for Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi next summer.

Barca are also considering a move for Italy forward Sebastian Giovinco, 28, who plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

Robert Lewandowski’s agents have both denied that Real Madrid have made contact with the Bayern Munich star following a report in Marca on Monday.

Bayern have announced that Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out for three to four weeks with a knee injury.

Bayern are still monitoring Antonio Rudiger’s progress at Roma having scouted him during his time at VfB Stuttgart. The Italian club loaned Rudiger in the summer and have the option to buy the player for €9 million.

Juventus are keen on signing both Southampton striker Graziano Pelle and Chelsea’s Oscar, though are unlikely to be able to finance both deals.

Papy Djilobodji is already on his way out of Chelsea and could join Besiktas on loan in January having thus far failed to make a Premier League appearance.

Valencia are set to test Marseille’s resolve with a January move for Michy Batshuayi, who is also reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea.

Both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, whose contract expires in the summer.

Schalke have rejected a £10.5 million bid from Liverpool for teenage forward Leroy Sane with a host of other clubs also interested.

Barcelona, Real Madrid & Arsenal are set to battle for Mali teenager Sidiki Maiga, who was one of the biggest stars of the recent Under-17 World Cup.

Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi will join Barcelona if Luis Enrique rubber stamps the move.

Chelsea are monitoring Paris St-Germain’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, before the January transfer window.

Out-of-favour Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 21, is being linked with a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester United considering January moves for the Italian centre-back.

Clarence Seedorf has emerged as potential candidate for the head coaching role at QPR following the sacking of Chris Ramsey.

David Moyes rejected a number of job offers from other clubs before being sacked by Real Sociedad last week

Fenerbahce have claimed Robin van Persie is a “precious player” and they have no plans to sell the striker

New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

Michael Carrick looks set for only a short period on the sidelines despite being stretchered off for England against Spain with an ankle injury.

Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, 22, is poised to earn a £50,000 bonus following his England call-up, in line with a clause in his contract.

Lingard has revealed that he turned down Liverpool as a youngster.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he initially thought Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was an “idiot” when he first encountered the Dutchman at the Nou Camp.

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has posted pictures of himself on Twitterat Oxford University, where he gave a talk to the debating society.

Rayo Vallecano winger Bebe said he thought it might have been a “joke” when he first heard he was moving to Manchester United.

Stoke striker Jonathan Walters, 32, was paid the ultimate compliment after scoring twice against Bosnia-Herzegovina to send his country through to Euro 2016 by having his Wikipedia pagebriefly altered to describe him as a “god amongst men”.

New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

West Brom boss Tony Pulis says James Chester remains part of his plans despite the defender’s lack of first-team football

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says Liverpool can forget about signing on-loan star Manuel Lanzini

Liverpool are the latest club to show interest in Lucas Biglia, but Lazio wants €30 million. United, Real and Valencia have all been recently linked.