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.

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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.

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Jonathan Walters blasted the Republic of Ireland into the finals of Euro 2016 as his double ended Bosnia-Herzegovina’s hopes of a trip to France next summer.
Six years to the week after Irish hearts were broken by the unseen Thierry Henry handball which cost them a place at the 2010 World Cup finals, the Republic benefited from an equally suspect decision against unfortunate defender Ervin Zukanovic which allowed Walters to open the scoring from the spot.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi officially returned to full training on Monday five days before the La Liga leaders play at Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season, the club said on Monday.

Messi is open to leaving Barca for a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal his preferred destination. But the 28-year-old forward wants £600,000-a-week.

Neymar has made people forget about Messi, says former Barca and Real Madrid striker Alfonso Perez.

LFP president Javier Tebas has revealed it’s his dream to see Premier League superstars Wayne Rooney and David De Gea plying their trade in Spain, as well as Bayern Munich and France winger Franck Ribery.

Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, could be playing in his final home El Clasico against Barcelona on Saturday, according to sources close to the Bernabeu club.

Ronaldo has told Florentino Perez in a private meeting that Real Madrid “will not win anything” with Rafa Benitez.

Juventus striker Alvaro Morata has been linked with a move back to Real Madrid but the 23-year-old insists he has no intention of moving from the Serie A side.

Euro 2016 will remain in France, UEFA has announced.

France players wanted Tuesday’s friendly against England called off following the attacks in Paris.

As a result of the attacks, senior British officers are to step up their fan-safety strategy.

Manchester United are ready to fork out £53 million to try and land Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. Arsenal will do everything possible to hold onto the Chilean, but his list of suitors is rapidly growing with Real Madrid also interested.

Chelsea are ready to move for PSG striker Edinson Cavani and will rival the likes of Manchester United and Juventus in the race to sign the unsettled Uruguayan.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic will rejoin AC Milan in the summer with the Sweden international striker reluctant to sign a new deal with PSG.

Arsenal are confident of agreeing a new deal with midfield star Mesut Ozil after opening contract talks

Manchester City have reportedly opened talks over a two-year contract extension for Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, who has 18 months left on current City deal.

Dimitri Payet does not require surgery on his ankle injury but the West Ham star will still be missing for three months,

Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, says he has been told by Serbian compatriot and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27, that the Blues want to sign him.

Aston Villa are considering a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin in the January transfer window.

Everton are mulling over whether to make a move for Ron Vlaar, who is currently a free agent after leaving Aston Villa in the summer.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain says newly-discovered entrepreneur Mathieu Flamini is “taking over the world” and joked he could be a future President of the United States.

Flamini revealed over the weekend that he has co-founded a company that has revolutionised the green energy industry, and is making waves in a market worth ‘potentially £20billion’.

Former Tottenham and Fulham boss Martin Jol is the frame for the vacant Queens Park Rangers manager’s job

Former Liverpool striker Ian Rush was no stranger to raising the odd trophy in his Reds career and he was at it again after Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0 in a legends match in Singapore, with Luis Garcia and Dietmar Hamann getting the goals.

Everton left-back Leighton Baines, 30, does not seem to be too worried by his current situation at the club. “I am older. I have had two surgeries. I have one more year left [on my contract]. It’s quite exciting to be honest,” he said.

Liverpool will make a huge push to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka in the January window. The Swiss star is likely to cost around €28 million (£19.7m), but the Reds could be pulled into a bidding war by Arsenal.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 22, says he was “small for my age” when he was released by Arsenal at the age of nine before joining Spurs.

Arsenal keeper Petr Cech says it is “hard to believe” the plight his former club Chelsea are in as they lie 16th in the Premier League in defence of their title.

LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, is frustrated that he still gets compared to 37-year-old former England team-mate Frank Lampard, who plays for New York City.

Partick Thistle last night said they will support their 25-year-old striker Mathias Pogba, brother of France and Juventus player Paul, after he was caught up in the Paris terror attacks.

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Former Real Madrid playmaker Zinedine Zidane, who now coaches the club’s reserve side Castilla, says Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is his favourite player after Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, as speculation over the Belgium international’s future continues.

Real will be signing a No.9 at the end of the season and the favourite is Robert Lewandowski.

Real Madrid president has shown his support for Benzema, but has also made it clear that if the French striker is found guilty over his alleged involvement in the Valbuena case he will be relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Manchester United have made an approach for Valencia winger Sofiane Feghouli, 25, with the player eligible to sign a pre-contact agreement with the club in January.

Manchester United have met with super agent Jorge Mendes over a possible move for client James Rodriguez with the Colombia international unhappy at Real Madrid.

Arjen Robben has fallen out with Bayern Munich team-mate Lewandowski over claims he is too selfish, and Manchester United are hopeful that could lead to them signing the Netherlands international.

The Old Trafford club have also been linked with a £15 million move for Jamie Vardy after turning their attention to the Leicester City striker.

The Red Devils are keen to steal a march on other Premier League clubs in the race to sign Leeds United teenager Lewis Cook.

Inter boss Roberto Mancini is also considering a move for Eden Hazard, who has had a difficult start to the season under Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 27, has threatened to retire from international duty with Serbia because of concerns about the attitude of his team-mates.

Former Tottenham winger David Ginola believes Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 52, will move to Ligue 1 champions Paris St-Germain next year.

Tottenham are considering a £7m move for Dynamo Kiev defender Domagoj Vida, 26.

Chelsea are ready to bid £40 million to sign Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann.

Jose Mourinho is ready to send striker Radamel Falcao back to Monaco after a poor start to a one-year loan deal at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal are ready to offer Mesut Ozil a new contract, despite his current deal having two years still to run at the end of this season.

The Gunners are set to make a move for Real Madrid winger Denis Cheryshev and are set to offer him an increase in playing time in a bid to lure him to north London.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 25, currently on loan at Roma, will not decide over his long-term future at the Emirates until after next summer’s European Championship.

Liverpool are weighing up a bid for former club hero Xabi Alonso from Bayern Munich. It is said the Reds will have to compete with the possibility of lucrative offers from Qatari and MLS teams.

Manchester United are considering an offer for Schalke starlet Leroy Sane. The Red Devils are looking for a pacy winger and think thay can buy Sane for €17 million.

Chelsea are considering a move for Welling United star Sam Corne, who has been earning rave reviews for the Conference outfit. Milwall are also interested.

Sporting midfielder William Carvalho could be set to leave the club after talks over a new deal – which would keep him with the Portuguese outfit till 2020 – stalled.

Juventus are keen on a move for Samir Nasri but at put off by Manchester City’s €20 million (£14.1m) asking price. The Serie A champions could now explore a loan deal in January.

Marseille value 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, a transfer target for Arsenal and Chelsea, at £35m.

Aston Villa are the bookmakers’ favourites to sign 31-year-old former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Tim Sherwood has turned down the opportunity to become Blackburn manager. Former Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is now the favourite.

Everton are mulling over a move for Sevilla midfielder Ever Banega, with the Argentina international out of contract in the summer. Manchester United, Juventus & Roma are also interested.

Saido Berahino is unhappy at WBA and both Newcastle and Tottenham are readying bids of around £25 million.

West Ham and Watford are tracking Roma’s Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumba, 27, who has scored eight goals on loan at CSKA Moscow and could cost around £8m.

Bournemouth have been alerted to the possibility of a loan move for former Manchester City and Southampton forward Bradley Wright-Phillips, 30, who has scored 18 goals for the New York Red Bulls in the MLS.

Blackburn are aiming to name Paul Lambert as their new manager by the end of the weekend after negotiations with the former Aston Villa and Norwich boss.

Fifa president Sepp Blatter and Uefa counterpart Michel Platini, who wanted to succeed the Swiss at world football’s governing body, could be banned for six years by Christmas over a payment made to the Frenchman in 2011. Both men deny wrongdoing.

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy is being tracked by Real Madrid and Barcelona scouts following his stellar start to the campaign. The England international has scored in nine consecutive Premier League matches.

Cristiano Ronaldo says the 2014-15 campaign was “probably the best season of my career,” but he still predicted that Lionel Messi will win the Ballon d’Or for the fifth time in January.

Ronaldo has reportedly purchased a €19 million plane to jet around the world on his private travels.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 25, says he is now ‘very happy’ at Manchester United despite coming close to leaving for Real Madrid in the summer.

However, Real Madrid will trigger a £30m release clause next summer to sign De Gea.

United believe Cristiano Ronaldo would snub Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to return to Old Trafford in 2016. The Real Madrid star has been linked with a Premier League comeback in recent weeks.

Chelsea have been made the surprising favourites to sign 30-year-old Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, has warned that Jose Mourinho’s reign at Stamford Bridge could be blighted by a return of the third year blues.

Former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis says Jose Mourinho’s comments to the media can be “damaging” to players on his team.

“He has his way of talking to the press, especially when the team loses, which can sometimes be damaging to certain players. Some players benefit from criticism but for others they don’t.”

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has set his eyes upon 20-year-old Barcelona left-back Alex Grimaldo, who is refusing to sign a new contract with the Catalan side as he wants first-team football.

Arsenal have joined a number of clubs in the race to sign Ayoze Perez from Newcastle. Tottenham and Manchester United are also interested in the attacker, who has scored three times in his last six league outings.

Rio Ferdinand, 37, pulled out of a charity match that would have seen the retired defender appear on the same team as his former England team-mates John Terry, 34, and Ashley Cole, 34, after suffering a calf injury.

Memphis Depay must show strength to cope with his “difficult situation” at Manchester United, says his Netherlands captain Arjen Robben.

Juan Mata believes Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney deserves respect rather than the scrutiny and scorn of late.

Lazio attacker Antonio Candreva is wanted by both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Ariedo Braida, Barca’s sporting director, is a big fan of the 28-year-old.

Inter believe they will fail to lure Jan Vertonghen away from Tottenham as the club are set to offer the defender a brand new contract at White Hart Lane.

Martin Demichelis could leave Manchester City in January, with Argetine outfit Rosario Central keen to bring the experienced centre-back to the club.

Samir Nasri’s future at Manchester City is in doubt as the midfielder, 28, prepares for his return from injury.

Having failed in a move Dwight Gayle in the summer, Norwich are make an approach for the Crystal Palace forward in January. A bid of over £11 million is expected.

With rumours linking Graziano Pelle with a move to Manchester United gather pace, Southampton are said to be weighing up a move for PSV striker Luuk de Jong as a replacement.

Having failed in a move Dwight Gayle in the summer, Norwich are make an approach for the Crystal Palace forward in January. A bid of over £11 million is expected.

Newcastle United are interested in signing 23-year-old Werder Bremen centre-back Jannik Vestergaard.

Wherefore art thou John Terry? At the Royal Opera House watching Romeo and Juliet, judging by the pictures the Chelsea defender posted on his Instagram account.

Injured winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 22, has given Arsenal fans a boost by posting a video on Instagram of himself training along with the caption:”The rehab is going well…looking forward to being back on the pitch soon.”

Irish side Cabinteely FC have offered a free season ticket to the first person who can win the Premier Division with the club on Football Manager.

Real Madrid could attempt to lure Jose Mourinho back to the Bernabeu if he leaves Chelsea, according to Ramon Calderon

Manchester United trio Memphis Depay, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Wayne Rooney are all in the world top 10 for highest-selling shirts

Kalidou Koulibaly’s agent has ruled out the prospect of the Napoli defender joining Everton and suggested his client could play for Barcelona.

David de Gea has questioned the decision to sell Javier Hernandez – saying he could answer Man United’s current struggles in front of goal

Laurent Koscielny managed to “stay calm” against Diego Costa back in September but says his friends “would have hit” the Chelsea striker

Danny Welbeck is doing double sessions in the gym in order to make a return for the Gunners.

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Reports in Spain claim Chelsea owner Roman Abramovic is weighing up a move for Cristiano Ronaldo as The Blues look to restructure after a colossal dip in form.

Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are interested in 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard, who could cost £80m.

The Blues had a bid of about £25m rejected for Neymar in 2010, when the Brazil forward, now 23, was at Santos. He went on to join Barcelona in 2013 for double that fee.

Jose Mourinho, 52, will not be sacked during the international break after owner Roman Abramovich decided against making a change at this stage of the season.

Manchester City want former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti to take over from Manuel Pellegrini if Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola rejects them.

Ancelotti revealed how he kicked a box at Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s head while at Paris St-Germain in a copycat of Sir Alex Ferguson’s flying boot hitting David Beckham at Manchester United.

Bayern Munich are fearful that head coach Pep Guardiola will be poached by Champions League rivals Manchester City in 2016. Guardiola has enjoyed rampant domestic success for the past two and a half years in Germany but might want a new challenge.

Bayern are desperate to keep Thomas Muller and are planning on increasing his wage with a mega contract later this month. The forward attracted €100 million interest from Manchester United in the summer, which ultimately came to nothing.

Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has ruled out Adnan Januzaj cutting short his loan at the club to return to Manchester United.

Fiorentina will allow Manchester United target Mario Gomez, 30, to leave if they receive at least £14m for the Germany striker.

Manchester United forward Memphis Depay, 21, has hired a chef at home to ensure he is eating properly, after putting on five pounds since joining from PSV Eindhoven.

Antonio Valencia, 30, is facing five months out following foot surgery.

United are on course to become the first club to make more than £500m in a year, according to their latest financial results.

American billionaire Josh Harris is set to buy an 18% stake in Crystal Palace.

The Gunners are ready to hand forward Alexis Sanchez, 26, a mid-season break as Arsene Wenger fears the Chilean will suffer from burnout.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is monitoring Sunderland’s 21-year-old goalkeeper Jordon Pickford.

Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, 19, could join Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, at White Hart Lane.

Liverpool will have to do without defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, until the new year after he was ruled out for six to eight weeks with a knee ligament injury.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, on loan at AC Milan, is set to be ruled out for two months because he needs groin surgery.

Spain manager Vicente Del Bosque admits it may benefit Diego Costa if the striker stopped some of his controversial on-field antics

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Jamie Vardy will miss England’s friendly with Spain after picking up an injury earlier this week.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has withdrawn from the Belgium squad for their friendlies against Italy and Spain.

Since the arrival of Sinisa Mihajlovic as coach at AC Milan, Nigel de Jong has lost his place. Several teams are interested in the midfielder, including Werder Bremen.

SC Heerenveen youngster Sam Larsson is wanted by Ajax, PSV and Borussia Dortmund. He impressed last season but is struggling to find his form this season in de Dutch Eredivisie.

Everton are fending off interest in star striker Romelu Lukaku, who has attracted Italian champions Juventus and Ligue 1 table-toppers Paris Saint-Germain with his goalscoring performances this season.

Aston Villa are leading the race to sign Lorient defender Lamine Kone. The Ivorian could cost as little as £3 million, leading to the likes of Newcastle United, Sunderland and West Ham to come sniffing around the Ligue 1 prospect.

Juventus are said to be back in the frame to sign Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who is reportedly unhappy with Thomas Tuchel’s coaching methods at Signal Iduna Park.

With Stefan De Vrij injured, Lazio have been linked with a loan move for Andrea Ranocchia. Inter, however, would prefer to sell the player outright for somewhere in the region of €7 million.

Former Hungary goalkeeper Marton Fulop has died of cancer at the age of 32.

Fulop, who played for clubs including Sunderland, Leicester and Manchester City, announced in 2013 that he was taking a break from the game after having a malignant tumour removed from his arm.

German football expert Raphael Honigstein told BBC Radio 5 live he believes Borussia Dortmund’s trend of star players leaving for bigger clubs will be broken by striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 26.

A professional female player silenced women’s football critics – by disguising herself as a man during a match and running rings around her opponents.

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Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is willing to allow Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema leave the club in 2016 and will use the money raised to sign Robert Lewandowski and David de Gea.

Ronaldo has chosen Manchester United as his next destination if he leaves Real. United’s owners, the Glazers, are personally keen on bringing the Portugal international back to Old Trafford.

Brazil coach Dunga said Neymar’s performance has been better than that of Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, the two players who have shared the Ballon d’Or since 2008.

Reports in Italy claim Jose Mourinho has struck a deal in principle to succeed Louis van Gaal at Manchester United, with contract negotiations allegedly under way.

Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo is under pressure after a poor record in the transfer market.

Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is seeking loan move away from Stamford Bridge in January.

But Jose Mourinho will not allow the 19 year old to leave the club in January despite the player wanting to gain more first-team minutes. A number of Premier League & Championship clubs are interested.

Carlo Ancelotti tops Chelsea’s shortlist of candidates to replace Jose Mourinho.

Juventus are keen to bring Chelsea midfielder Oscar to Turin during the January transfer window after chasing him for much of the summer.

Manchester United are in pole position to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, who is frustrated with a lack of game-time at Stamford Bridge. Arsenal are also interested in the teenager.

United are keen on a move for Ricardo Rodríguez. Louis van Gaal has asked Andries Jonker, Wolfsburg’s former assistant coach, about the Switzerland international.

The Old Trafford club have singled out Porto winger Yacine Brahimi as their primary target for the January transfer window as they look to add a wide player to their ranks.

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal has instructed his scouts to keep tabs on Bournemouth midfielder Matt Ritchie after a string of impressive showings for the Cherries.

Winger Antonio Valencia has undergone an operation on a foot injury he suffered in last month’s derby, the club have confirmed.

Arsenal have already opened talks for Bayer Leverkusen forward Karim Bellarabi and Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes.

The Gunners are willing to pay Leicester City £10 million to bring winger Jeffrey Schlupp to the Emirates Stadium in January.

Arsene Wenger says doping is rife in football after the Russian athletics drugs scandal.

Robert Lewandowski’s agent has confirmed there is Premier League interest in the Bayern Munich striker but suggested a move is unlikely.

Liverpool are reportedly preparing a bid for 23-year-old Empoli attacker Riccardo Saponara.

Jurgen Klopp is keen to add a new goalkeeper to his squad, with Cologne’s Timo Horn an option. The 22-year-old would cost €9 million.

Gianfranco Zola has pinpointed the poor form of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa as a major reason for Chelsea’s struggles this season

Leicester forward Jamie Vardy says he has moved his wedding to ensure he is available to play for England at Euro 2016.

Vardy was so confident of success when he joined the club from non-league Fleetwood Town in 2012 that he negotiated a clause in his contract for a bonus should he play for England.

Nice winger Hatem Ben Arfa, 28, says his life was hell while he was at former club Newcastle, where he was left to train with the reserves.

Former Newcastle striker Mick Quinn believes the club need to sign a striker in January, but does not think West Ham’s Andy Carroll, 26, is the answer.

Michu is set to join Union Popular de Langreo in the Spanish fourth tier after his Swansea City contract was cancelled this week.

Argentina’s club doctor has warned Lionel Messi he will put himself at risk of long-term injury if he returns in next Saturday’s El Clasico

Disgraced FIFA chief Sepp Blatter will stay in hospital until next week after suffering what has been called a “small emotional breakdown”

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque says he won the World Cup for Spain by accident.

New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, appeared to confirm he would not be leaving the club, after posting a picture and tweeting: “Finally back to work #nycfc #BackHome #ny #StopRumours #PirloStyle.”

Paris Saint-Germain have opened talks with Laurent Blanc over a new contract.

Juventus are continuing talks with Ezequiel Lavezzi’s agent over a move for the Paris Saint-Germain forward in January.

Carlos Tevez has revealed he would always cheer on Manchester City over another of his former clubs, Manchester United

Former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic, 47, tops Championship club Blackburn’s list to succeed the sacked Gary Bowyer. Ex-Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert, 46, is another leading candidate.

World and Olympic long-distance champion Mo Farah wanted to name his son Arsenal but his wife Tania “wasn’t having it”. The 32-year-old is a long-standing Gunners supporter.

Vardy wins Barclays Player Of The Month for October

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Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named the Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for October.

The 28-year-old, currently the Premier League’s top scorer with 12 goals.

Vardy scored five goals in the month of October keeping his scoring streak that now stands at nine consecutive games.

Vardy beat Watford striker Odion Ighalo, Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, Arsenal duo of Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud and Stoke’s Jack Butland to the award.

He will be aiming to match Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record of 10 consecutive goals when Leicester City travel to Newcastle in matchday 13.

Wenger wins Barclays Manager Of The Month

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been named the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month for October.

Wenger led his side to four wins from four games in October to claim his 15th monthly prize in England.

Arsenal netted 11 goals in those four games, conceding just once.

The Gunners defeated United and Swansea in comfortable 3-0 victories.

Watford also had no response when they were beaten by a three-goal margin at Vicarage Road while Everton fell to a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates Stadium.

He beat off competition from Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri and City’s Manuel Pellegrini.

Wenger is the Premier League’s second-most successful manager of all time when it comes to the monthly awards, with Sir Alex Ferguson’s record of 27 prizes the only one to better the Frenchman (15).

David Moyes, who was sacked by La Liga side Real Sociedad on Monday, sits third on 10 while Harry Redknapp and Martin O’Neill have eight each. Wenger’s great rival Jose Mourinho has three.

“It is always good because it just reminds you that – especially after a defeat like we had on Wednesday night [5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich] – we have not done too badly in the last month,” Wenger said.

“You worry as well about maintaining the run for coming months. That is what we want to do always.”

When asked about that emphatic victory over United, Wenger added: “That was the highlight because there are very few matches in your life where it all clicks perfectly in the first 20 minutes and that is one of the games.

“We had a difficult start against West Ham and after that we have responded very well and are now on a good run. Our target of course is to maintain it.”

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Barcelona’s Christian Tello on loan at FC Porto wanted by Liverpool manager Klopp.

Chelsea are considering a summer move for Napoli and Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, putting the future of current Blues forward Diego Costa, also 27, in doubt.

The Blues are believed to have identified Bayer Leverkusen’s Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and Valencia’s Paco Alcacer as two potential January signings to bolster their attacking options for the latter half of 2015-16.

Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho faces around two months on the sidelines with a knee injury, despite learning he’s not damaged his anterior cruciate ligament.

Barcelona have made contact with Eden Hazard as they prepare to lodge a £43 million bid for the Chelsea winger.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal also wants a winger, and is interested in Lazio’s Felipe Anderson, 22, Sadio Mane, 23, at Southampton, 24-year-old Riyad Mahrez at Leicester and Anwar El Ghazi, 20, of Ajax.

A number of Chelsea’s top players want Didier Drogba to return to the club and galvanise the squad.

Arsenal are weighing up the pros and cons of a £22 million bid for Real Madrid fringe first-teamer Jese Rodriguez. The Gunners face competition for the attacker from Liverpool and Napoli.

The Gunners are favourites to sign £1m-valued 21-year-old Accrington Stanley midfielder Josh Windass, son of former Hull forward Dean.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Ramsey and Hector Bellerin are all set to return to full fitness ahead of Arsenal’s trip to West Brom after the international break.

But Arsenal full-back Mathieu Debuchy, 30, is considering his own future at the club after dropping down the pecking order following the emergence of Hector Bellerin.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has asked the club’s transfer committee to make a formal approach for Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, 24, who is on loan at Porto.

Liverpool will sign former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato, 26, in January, according to the president of his current club Corinthians.

Manchester City have expressed interest in Mali forward Aly Malle, 17, who impressed for Mali at the Under-17 World Cup.

City striker Sergio Aguero tweeted a picture of himself back in training, followed by a snap of him in a recovery chamber, as he makes his way back to fitness from a hamstring injury.

Newcastle want to bring back West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 26, to help their relegation battle.

Swansea manager Manager Garry Monk has been given more time to turn around results after crisis talks with chairman Huw Jenkins.

However, Monk has been told to hire an experienced coach to assist him or face losing his job.

Pep Guardiola has been urged to join Manchester City at the end of the season by former Bayern Munich full-back Willy Sagnol.

French winger Charles N’Zogbia, 29, has been given the chance to save his Aston Villa career by new manager Remi Garde, days after the Premier League strugglers were working on a deal to end his contract.

QPR owner Tony Fernandes has written off the £180m loans made to the club, but not with the intention of selling the Championship club.

Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo “loves Manchester United” but will finish his career at current club Real Madrid, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

In 2008, Barcelona had agreed with Olympique Lyonnais the signing of Karim Benzema. However, the club backtracked on the current Real Madrid striker due to suspicions he would be “problematic”.

Last season’s Champions League finalists Juventus are chasing Southampton star striker Graziano Pelle as he continues to impress in his second season at the Premier League club.

AC Milan will try to sign PSV midfielder Adam Maher in the coming months. The Rossoneri need to rustle up €15 million to buy the future talent.

Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones has been DJing with BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra presenter Charlie Sloth.

England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney slapped Lancashire-born WWE wrestler Wade Barrett at an event in Manchester.

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United manager Louis van Gaal put on an Irish accent and recorded a video message to a GAA team at the request of a fan outside Old Trafford.

One-time Spain striker Michu tweetedhe will “always be a jack” alongside a video of his best moments at Swansea after leaving the club.

Ex-Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is spotted by Twitter userswearing a suit on the London Underground, prompting speculation he could be set for a job interview.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce has been offered cash to buy two of his transfer targets in the January window: West Ham centre-back James Collins and Olympiacos left-back Arthur Masuaku.

Kieron Dyer has been spotted arriving at Brisbane Airport and is being linked with an appearance on reality TV show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

German Football Association president Wolfgang Niersbach has resigned in the wake of the 2006 World Cup scandal.

A sportswear firm are set to put on sale “revolutionary” football boots with a square toe.

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Garry Monk is set to be sacked as Swansea manager after a run of one win in eight Premier League games.

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira is named as head coach of Major League Soccer club New York City.

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David Moyes has been sacked by Real Sociedad.The Scot only took charge at the Anoeta Stadium 12 months ago and guided them to a comfortable mid-table finish last campaign.

Jose Mourinho looks certain to be given more time to turn around the club’s poor season.

Mourinho, 52, is convinced he can improve the Blues’ fortunes by getting rid of underperforming players in January

Chelsea’s season could end up costing owner Roman Abramovich £100m, which includes a £10m pay-off should he sack Mourinho, £15m compensation to recruit preferred replacement Diego Simeone from Atletico Madrid and transfer fees to overhaul the squad.

Former Argentina midfielder Simeone is already planning transfers as he prepares for a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.

Another potential replacement for Mourinho, Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, will have his future decided before Christmas, according to the German club’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Bayern are keen for Pep Guardiola to remain at the club and are ready to offer him a pay rise from €11 million per year to €15 million.

Fulham, who sacked Kit Symons after Saturday’s 5-2 home loss to Birmingham, could face competition from west London rivals QPR for the services of Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, the Burton Albion manager.

Manchester United are to open talks with Paris St-Germain over a deal to sign 34-year-old Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Louis van Gaal believes his Manchester United team needs a winger before they can win the Premier League title – and wants to buy one in January.

Chelsea are targeting a move for Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has likened the Blues to golfer Tiger Woods because the Dutchman believes neither are feared like they once were.

Bayern Munich are interested in Willian, but Chelsea are set to offer the 27-year-old Brazil winger a new deal to keep him at Stamford Bridge.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to leave Borussia Dortmund and join Juventus, with the Armenian’s agent a good friend of the decision makers at the Serie A champions.

Hoffenheim are keen to add a striker to their squad, with Galatasaray’s Lukas Podolski and Schalke’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar their primary targets.

Karim Benzema could be set for a move to England amid fears at Real Madrid that he has damaged the club’s reputation.

Inter are keen on a move for Branislav Ivanovic, whose contract with Chelsea expires next summer.

Liverpool are very interested in Inter striker Mauro Icardi and are prepared to test the Italian club’s desire to hold on to the striker with a €35 million (£25m) bid in the January transfer window.

Salvatore Sirigu could leave Paris Saint-Germain in January and join AC Milan on the suggestion of Italy coach Antonio Conte. Sirigu has been second choice to Kevin Trapp this season.

Spain have called up Oscar de Marcos and Nacho Fernandez after Sergio Ramos and Juanfran were ruled out with injury

Diego Costa is spending too much time with his back to goal and should play more like Jamie Vardy to help Chelsea, says Alan Shearer

Chelsea’s 33 loan players keep in contact via their own Whatsapp group, Patrick Bamford has revealed.

Emre Can wants to follow in Steven Gerrard’s footsteps as Liverpool’s most influential player – but says even Lionel Messi would struggle

West Brom have rejected an enquiry from Leeds United to sign goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard on loan

Wolfsburg’s Brazil defender Dante, 32, has revealed he would love to join Chelsea.

Newcastle’s 22-year-old Spanish forward Ayoze Perez is wanted by Manchester United and Liverpool in January.

West Ham forward Michail Antonio, 25, could be set for a move to Championship side Derby County.

Arsenal a one-man team? That is what their own Twitter account appeared to suggest when they tweeted the team for Sunday’s derby with Tottenham. Injured England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was named 18 times.

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After the game at Emirates Stadium, Tottenham scorer Harry Kane’s happiness at the 1-1 draw was reflected in a tweet,which read: “Great performance after a tough week! 7 points from the 3 games isn’t to bad! Delighted to score as well #COYS”.

Former Swindon striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, now a Sky Germany pundit, has tweetedthat Liverpool will make a move for Schalke’s 19-year-old forward Leroy Sane: “I expect Liverpool and Klopp go “big time” for Schalke-striker Leroy Sane.”

Aston Villa fans welcomed Manchester City’s Delph back to Villa Park on Sunday by waving inflatable snakes and hissing as the midfielder replaced Yaya Toure.

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After Diego Costa suggested Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross smelt during the Potters’ win over Chelsea, the defender has responded with his wife tweeting a picture.

Sociedad sack Moyes

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David Moyes and his assistant Billy McKinlay have been sacked at Real Sociedad.

The former Everton and Manchester United boss moved to San Sebastian, Spain, looking to revive his coaching career in La Liga after being sacked by the Red Devils just seven months into his contract at Old Trafford.

There have been reports over the last few months that Moyes, 52, was set to get the boot and on Sunday the speculation intensifiedand now he has been shown the door one year after taking charge of La Real.

A statement from the Basque outfit read: “Real Sociedad has decided to rescind the contract of the coach of the first team David Moyes.

“The club wishes to thank David Moyes as well as Billy McKinlay for the contribution, professionalism and dedication that they have shown during the time in charge of the first team.

“We wish them the best of luck in their professional and personal futures.”

Friday’s 2-0 away defeat to Las Palmas was La Real’s fourth loss in their last five league games and left them in 16th place with nine points from their opening 11 league games – the same position the club was in when Moyes took over.

Under Moyes, Real Sociedad have won just twice this season.

Moyes, whose contract was set to expire in June 2016, won 12 games out of 38 to guide La Real to a 12th-place finish in the 2014-15 campaign.

Former Barcelona assistant coach Eusebio Sacristan is the favourite to replace Moyes.

The Spanish tactician has been out of a job since being dismissed by Barca’s reserves in February 2015.

Eusebio, 51, coached Celta Vigo in the Segunda Division in the 2009-10 campaign but has yet to guide a Primera Division side.

Real Sociedad host Sevilla in Anoeta after the international break before travelling to the Nou Camp to face defending Spanish champions Barcelona on November 28.

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Benzema pictured wearing a white hooded top while arriving the police station.
Benzema pictured wearing a white hooded top while arriving the police station.

Paris St-Germain are confident they will beat Manchester United to the £100m signing of Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City all want to convince Pep Guardiola, 44, to turn his back on Bayern Munich and be their next manager.

United and Liverpool are both keen to sign 18-year-old Danish forward Emre Mor, who plays for FC Nordsjaelland.

Arsenal look likely to be without both Hector Bellerin and Laurent Koscielny for Sunday’s North London derby at the Emirates.

Both defenders missed Wednesday night’s damaging 5-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.

Mikel Arteta, Tomas Rosicky and Mathieu Flamini are all set to leave Arsenal this summer, according to reports.

The Gunners are weighing up a January bid for Napoli midfielder Jorginho.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31.

David Wagner, 44, will reject the chance to again link up with Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool and instead succeed Chris Powell as Huddersfield manager.

And Klopp is prepared to hand former captain Steven Gerrard, 35, a role at Anfield looking at the club’s ‘long-term strategy’.

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, returning to the club is the “last thing” Klopp needs.

Manchester City have denied speculation they could make a January loan move for Italian midfielder Andrea Pirlo, 36, who plays for their sister club New York City.

Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been placed under formal investigation in France in connection with an inquiry into an alleged attempt to blackmail fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.

Madrid are targeting €40 million-rated midfielder Lucas Biglia, who reportedly came close to joining Manchester United in the summer.

Chelsea have made a €4 million bid for Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic but Inter are also in the race.

There is “no chance” Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will leave the club, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool are all monitoring Inter striker Mauro Icardi.

Monaco will make a second bid to sign Chelsea midfielder Charly Musonda, 19, following a failed £10m move in the summer.

Monaco used Twitter to deny they have made an approach for Jose Mourinho after shareholder Alessandro Proto claimed the Ligue 1 side were interested in appointing the Chelsea boss.

Thomas Vermaelen has revealed Arsenal couldn’t wait to get rid of him and has admitted he was “stunned” to discover Barcelona wanted him.

West Ham have suffered “a blow” with the news that Diafra Sakho has suffered a ruptured thigh muscle.

Manchester United are keen to bolster their attacking options following their recent goal drought, with Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez on their shortlist.

United sent scouts to Belgium to watch Valencia trio Shokdran Mustafi, Jose Luis Gaya and Andre Gomes as the Liga outfit were beaten by Gent.

AC Milan and Inter are among the Serie A clubs monitoring Cesena midfielder Stefano Sensi, the 20-year-old who has drawn comparisons to Marco Verratti.

Silvio Berlusconi is understood to be personally carrying out negotiations to sign Franco Vazquez from palermo, having seen AC Milan miss out on Paulo Dybala to Juventus last summer.

Inter reportedly sent scouts to the Santiago Bernabeu last night to watch Jese Rodriguez during the game against PSG.

Jurgen Klopp has made Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen one of his primary targets having previously tried to sign him at Borussia Dortmund.

Tottenham are monitoring Gent pair Laurent Depoitre and Moses Simon. Depoitre, 26, has scored six goals in 14 games for the Belgian league leaders while 20-year-old Simon is a Nigeria international who can play across the forward line.

Spurs playmaker Christian Eriksen is challenged to name team-mates from descriptions by fans – and correctly selects himself as the answer to the question of who the best free-kick taker in the Premier League is.

Despite their lack of goals this season Newcastle may allow striker Ivan Toney, 19, to leave the club on loan. Wolves and Burton Albion are both keen on a move.

Quique Sanchez Flores has refused to rule out a move for free agent Emmanuel Adebayor after the former Tottenham striker was linked with a short-term move to Watford.

Leicester are keeping tabs on Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik.

Michu is reportedly close to agreeing a deal to terminate his contract at Swansea City having not represented the club for 19 months.

Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has slammed Ashley Young for what he considered a dive to try and win a penalty against CSKA Moscow.

Bayern Munich’s official Twitter feed revelled in their side’s 5-1 win over Arsenal in the Champions League on Wednesday, marking Thomas Muller’s opening goal – their second – with a single-word post: “Mullered.”