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Lionel Messi scores 425th goal on his 500th Barcelona appearance as Luis Enrique’s side finish 2015 on top of the La Liga table.

Cristiano Ronaldo said that he isn’t bothered by those who criticise him for being overconfident.

Manchester United are closing in on a £35m deal for Lazio’s Brazil international midfielder Felipe Anderson, 22.

Valencia boss Gary Neville says he has no desire to take on the Manchester United or England jobs in the short term.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, 48, is learning English and would like to manage Chelsea or Manchester United.

Arsene Wenger says right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 30, could leave the club after losing his place to 20-year-old Hector Bellerin.

Debuchy wants to leave so he stays in contention for a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad. Roma and Lyon could be possible destinations.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has confirmed that he would not be interested in a move away from the French champions in January.

Roma midfielder Miralem Pjanic has dismissed speculation that he could join Real Madrid, insisting he is going nowhere this winter.

Stephan El Shaarawy is set to return from his loan spell with Monaco early and Roma are interested in signing him from AC Milan in January.

Barcelona sporting director Robert Fernandez has indicated that the club could re-sign their former player Denis Suarez from Villarreal during the January transfer window.

Former Italy manager Marcello Lippi has told Gazzetta dello Sport Carlo Ancelotti is the world’s best coach and predicted that he will excel at Bayern Munich.

Chelsea are set to recall Christian Atsu from his loan spell at Bournemouth

Radamel Falcao has suffered a relapse of a thigh injury, but Chelsea are yet to discuss with Monaco whether the striker will remain on loan

Arsenal and Liverpool will have to wait until the summer if they want to sign Paris St-Germain winger Ezequiel Lavezzi as the 30-year-old is unlikely to leave the French champions in January.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is considering a £4m bid for Leicester’s England under-20 international Ben Chilwell.

Chelsea, who currently languish in 14th place, have not put relegation clauses into the contracts of their star players, meaning they would be committed to a wage bill of around £200m if they were demoted to the Championship.

Pep Guardiola has made Athletic Bilbao’s Aymeric Laporte and Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan his main targets at Manchester City, but he will wait to sign Thiago Alcantara.

Manchester City have made Schalke youngster Leroy Sane a prime transfer target but are hopeful of paying less than the £32 million asking price.

Watford will hand new bumper contracts to Odion Ighalo and Troy Deeney in order to keep them at the club.

Chelsea scout Piet de Visser believes the talent of striker Bertrand Traore, 20, is being “wasted on the bench”.

Harry Redknapp has told former club Spurs not to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino. The White Hart Lane club had several bids for the 22-year-old rejected by the Baggies last summer.

Jurgen Klopp says he is not bothered about being called ‘a soft German’ by Sam Allardyce.

Klopp says his team are struggling to adapt to his tactics because of the wind in England.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was asked how he felt about ex-team-mate El Hadji Diouf calling him “the biggest turkey I’ve seen on a football pitch”. Carragher said: “It’s better than a Donkey & plenty have called me that before!”

Manchester United keeper Sam Johnstone returns to Championship side Preston North End on an emergency loan.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says skipper Phil Jagielka will return from a long-term injury within the next 10 days.

Everton have offered Grasshopper Zurich’s Switzerland forward Shani Tarashaj a four-and-a-half-year contract. Grasshopper want the 20-year-old loaned back to them for the rest of the season if a deal is agreed.

Dimitri Payet is expected to return from ankle trouble for West Ham against Liverpool at Upton Park on Saturday.

Norwich bid 10m euros (£7.3m) for Inter Milan’s Italy international central defender Andrea Ranocchia.

The funeral of ex-Newcastle and Czech Republic goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek will be held in Ostrava on Monday, 4 January.

Islington Council may have got a little bit excited when it tweeted that Arsenal’s parade if they win the Premier League will take place on Sunday, 22 May – before later deleting the post.

Manchester United and Scotland legend Denis Law has been made a CBE in the New Year Honours list.
Law, 75, played for United between 1962 and 1973, winning two league titles in 1965 and 1967 and the FA Cup in 1963 as one third of the club’s “Holy Trinity” alongside Sir Bobby Charlton and the late George Best.

Liberia Football Association chairman Musa Bility loses his appeal to Cas over his exclusion from next year’s Fifa presidential election.


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