Dream debut for Rashford as ‘horny’ United display five star peformance; Livepool, Spurs win; Napoli out

18-year-old Marcus Rashford scored two goals on his Manchester United debut in a 5-1 win against FC Midtjylland as Louis Van Gaal’s side progressed to the last 16 of the Europa League.
Rashford was the unlikely hero in Manchester United’s do-or-die clash with FC Midtjylland, marking an unexpected debut with a dream brace that saw Louis van Gaal’s men through a tricky Europa League tie.
A terrible string of injuries has seen United forced to rely on youth products, although the 18-year-old striker was so far down the pecking order his name did not even appear on the back of the matchday programme.
Rashford is likely to be the cover star next time, though, having been thrust into the spotlight following Anthony Martial’s warm-up injury and netting twice as United overcame a first-leg defeat and first-half Midtjylland goal to win 5-1 on the night and 6-3 on aggregate.
It was a dream end to an evening that looked to be going horribly wrong when Pione Sisto all-too-easily carved open United’s makeshift defence to put the Danish champions ahead at Old Trafford.
Nikolay Bodurov, on loan from Fulham, turned a Memphis Depay cross into his own goal shortly afterwards, but nerves grew as Morgan Schneiderlin hit the woodwork and then Juan Mata saw a penalty saved.
They need not have worried, though, as Rashford came to the rescue, turning home crosses from Mata and Guillermo Varela to put United in the driving seat.
Ander Herrera’s penalty and a Depay strike either side of Andre Romer’s red card added extra gloss to the scoreline as they progressed to the last 16.
The result eases the pressure on Van Gaal, who called for his team to be hungry and, rather amusingly, “horny” in the build-up to a match which ended a run of four games on the road.
Martial’s warm-up blow took the number of injured first-team players to 13 and led to Rashford making his debut alongside 19-year-old Joe Riley, who made his first start in a defence that saw Michael Carrick drop back to partner Daley Blind.

Tottenham beat Fiorentina 4-1 on aggregate in their Europa League round-of-32 tie after a 3-0 win in the second leg at White Hart Lane.
Ryan Mason gave Spurs the lead with a composed finish in the first half and Erik Lamela made it two before a Gonzalo Rodriguez own goal completed a 4-1 victory on aggregate.
The only negative on another excellent night for Mauricio Pochettino’s men saw Dele Alli pick up his third yellow card of the competition, which means the 19-year-old is banned for the first leg of the next round.
Harry Kane was left out of a Spurs matchday squad for the first time this season as he recovers from a broken nose, but Pochettino showed the seriousness with which he continues to treat this most exhausting of competitions by fielding all of his other key players including Hugo Lloris, Eric Dier and Alli.
This was an important victory, not least to recover momentum following last weekend’s shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Crystal Palace, a defeat which brought to an end Tottenham’s eight-match unbeaten run and set nerves jangling amongst the Spurs faithful.

Liverpool have qualified for the last 16 of the Europa League after beating Augsburg 1-0 at Anfield, courtesy of a penalty from James Milner.
Milner’s fifth-minute penalty proved decisive but despite creating a number of chances the Reds failed to score a second goal that would have sealed the tie.
The job was completed within 90 minutes meaning Jurgen Klopp and his players can now concentrate on Sunday’s Capital One Cup final against Manchester City.
Aside from the result, the real positive was another 65 minutes in the bank for Daniel Sturridge, making his third consecutive start for the first time since last March, who looked Liverpool’s most dangerous player and will be the key man again at Wembley.

Borussia Dortmund won 1-0 at Porto to add to their advantage from the first leg and cruise to a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Iker Casillas saved a shot from Marco Reus, only for the rebound to fall to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose follow-up hit the underside of the bar and came straight down to strike Casillas and roll in for an own goal.

Karim Bellarabi scored twice to guide Bayer Leverkusen to a 3-1 win at home over Sporting Lisbon, with the hosts advancing 4-1 on aggregate.
Bellarabi stayed onside to receive a pass from Javier Hernandez before firing a shot through the legs of keeper Rui Patricio from a tight angle on 30 minutes.
But Sporting scored eight minutes later when Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno could only parry Carlos Mane’s shot into the path of Joao Mario, who tapped home.
However, Bellarabi’s powerful, long-distance second goal effectively put an end to the tie before Hakan Calhanoglu added a third goal late on.

Sabin Merino’s goal nine minutes from time allowed Athletic Bilbao to advance at the expense of Marseille after a 1-1 draw.
Michy Batshuayi’s 40th-minute goal erased Athletic’s slim edge from the first leg, but Merino headed a home a cross from Markel Susaeta to help the Spanish side move on 2-1 on aggregate.

Lazio scored twice in a three-minute span to defeat Galatasaray 3-1 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.
After a goalless first period, Marco Parolo put Lazio ahead with an unstoppable header from Lucas Biglia’s corner before Felipe Anderson made it 2-0 by tapping in to an empty net from Alessandro Matri’s cut across.
The visitors had renewed hope when Yasin Oztekin drew a goal back two minutes later, but Miroslav Klose’s 72nd-minute goal — his first goal of the season — made for a comfortable ending.

Shakhtar Donetsk displayed a dominating performance to win 3-0 at Schalke.
Marlos found the tie’s first goal in the 26th minute, and Facundo Ferreyra and Viktor Kovalenko added to the visitor’s advantage after the break as the Bundesliga side failed to respond.

Valencia completed their rout of Rapid Vienna with a 4-0 win in a second leg that was never in doubt.
Rodrigo, Sofiane Feghouli, Pablo Piatti and Shkodran Mustafi provided the goals as Gary Neville’s side added to the six-goal laugher in the first leg to win 10-0 on aggregate.

Villarreal managed a 1-1 draw at Napoli to move on 2-1 on aggregate.
Marek Hamsik scored for the hosts in the 17th minute to level the tie, but Tomas Pina’s fortunate goal on the hour mark put the Spanish side through.
Pina sent in a cross from the corner of the 18-yard box that sailed into the opposite corner.

Basel defeated St Etienne at home 2-1 to advance on away goals with the tie level at 4-4.
After a fine effort in a 3-2 defeat in the first leg, the Swiss side got a 15th-minute goal from Luca Zuffi.
That set up a dramatic finish where Moustapha Bayal Sall appeared to have found a winner for the French side in the 89th minute, only for Zuffi to put Basel through with a second goal in stoppage time.

Frank Acheampong scored twice in extra time as Anderlecht won 2-1 away at Olympiakos to go through 3-1 overall.
Kostas Fortounis pulled the Greeks level in the tie when he converted a penalty in the 29th minute.
Acheampong scored from a tight angle to put the Belgians ahead on 103 minutes and the Ghana forward made sure of a place in the last 16 with another neat finish midway through the second period of extra time.

Norwegian side Molde won their home leg over Sevilla 1-0, but it was not enough as the defending champions advanced 3-1 on aggregate.
Eirik Hestad scored for Molde before the break while American Ethan Horvath kept a clean sheet.

Sparta Prague won 3-0 at 10-man Krasnodar to ease through 4-0 on aggregate.
Goals early in the second half from Lukas Marecek and Martin Frydek had ended the tie as a contest.
It got worse for the hosts when Charles Kabore received a second yellow card and Kehinde Fatai capped the scoring two minutes later.

Fenerbahce progressed past Lokomotiv Moscow following a 1-1 draw in the Russian capital.
Holding a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, Fener fell behind to Aleksandr Samedov’s goal on the stroke of half-time, but Lokomotiv were not able to find a second themselves and Mehmet Topal’s late header gave the visitors a comfortable final few moments.

On Wednesday, Braga advanced 4-3 on aggregate after securing a 2-2 draw at home with FC Sion.


Stalemate in Eindoven; City bounce back with brilliant peformance

Manchester City took command of their round of 16 Champions League tie against Dynamo Kiev by earning a 3-1 first leg lead in the Ukraine.
The Premier League title hopefuls produced a brilliant opening 45 minutes, and were rewarded with goals from Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
The second half was a tighter affair, and the hosts pulled one back through a deflected Vitaliy Buyalsky effort, but City held firm and added a late third courtesy of Yaya Toure that leaves them in total control going back to the Etihad.
City’s whole-hearted performance, amid snow flurries on a cold night, made light of their recent poor form and the controversy over their team selection at Chelsea on Sunday.
City’s success also came in the face of a difficult atmosphere. The stadium was not full but the home fans were highly vocal and it was little wonder the club were so pleased UEFA lifted the order to have the game played behind closed doors.

Atletico Madrid ground out a disciplined 0-0 draw at PSV Eindhoven in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 tie, although they probably thought they should have won it.
The La Liga side had by far the best of the encounter and PSV spent a quarter of the game with ten men following the second half dismissal of Gaston Pereiro for a second bookable offence.
However, Atletico will still consider themselves strong favourites to progress.
PSV were a surprise last-16 package after knocking out Manchester United at the competition’s group stages.
But Atleti predictably proved a far tougher nut to crack, with Diego Simeone’s 2014 finalists having forged a reputation as one of the best defensive units in Europe.
Atleti had conceded only three goals in six games in winning their Champions League group and goalkeeper Jan Oblak had just one save to make in keeping yet another clean sheet for the Spaniards.

Juve draw as Bayern squander two goal lead; Messi’s brace leave Arsenal with mountain to climb

Arsenal are on the verge of being knocked out of the Champions League after Lionel Messi scored two goals to guide Barcelona to a 2-0 win at the Emirates Stadium in the last-16 first leg tie.
The holders had plenty of possession but did not have a shot on target in the first half – only for Messi to tuck away his first real chance with 20 minutes remaining before scoring a late penalty to secure a 2-0 win.
Arsenal had a couple of decent chances of their own but have it all to do in the return leg at the Nou Camp on March 16 if they are to go beyond the round of 16 for the first time since 2010.

Juventus came from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.
Goals from Thomas Muller and Arjen Robben either side of half-time looked to have put Bayern in control of the tie.
But Paulo Dybala pulled one back and substitute Stefano Sturaro equalised to ensure Juventus will go into March 16’s second leg with optimism.
The pre-match team news focused on both team’s defences, with Juve switching to a back four in the absence of Giorgio Chiellini while injury-hit Bayern paired the inexperienced Joshua Kimmich with the versatile David Alaba in the centre. Full-back Philipp Lahm made his 100th Champions League appearance.

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Italy boss Antonio Conte has agreed a deal in principle to take charge of Chelsea this summer.

Juventus have identified outgoing Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as Massimiliano Allegri’s replacement if the Italian decides to leave the club for Chelsea.

Allegri is happy at the club despite reports he could leave to become the next Chelsea manager this summer, the Italian’s agent has said.

Jose Mourinho has found a house in Manchester and is now in the process of customising the new residence to suit his needs ahead of taking charge at Manchester United.

Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered to Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane ahead of his contract being up in June.

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard might have been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain, but the 25-year-old would only think about leaving the Stamford Bridge club to join Real Madrid.

Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Braga winger Rafa Silva, 22, who has a £15.5m release clause in his contract.

The Red Devils face a potential cost of £10m if they sack manager Louis van Gaal.

Chelsea have offered Willian a new four-year deal worth £120,000 a week to fend off any summer interest in the player.

Pep Guardiola will consider adding Mikel Arteta to his Manchester City backroom team if the Arsenal midfielder calls time on his career this year.

Guardiola insists he would not judge his time at the Bundesliga club as a failure if he does not win the Champions League this season.
The Catalan, who departs for Manchester City in the summer, has led Bayern to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, as well as to the DFB Pokal, the UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.
The Champions League is lacking from that list and after falling at the semifinal stage in each of the past two seasons, the pressure is mounting for him to win it this term.

Valencia president Layhoon Chan has hinted Gary Neville has a long-term future at the La Liga club – and admits they “took refuge” in him.

Reported Arsenal target Sven Bender has signed a contract extension that will keep him at Borussia Dortmund until 2021.

Neymar has reached a contract agreement with Barcelona and has signed a new deal until 2021. The Brazilian will be the club’s second-highest earner behind Lionel Messi.

Real Madrid’s president Florentino Perez spent the whole of January trying to seal a deal for Jose Mourinho to return this summer.

Forward Luis Suarez arrived at Barcelona airport for their trip to London to face Arsenal in the Champions League on Tuesday… without his passport.

Napoli missed the chance to reclaim first place from Juventus after being held to a 1-1 Serie A draw by AC Milan at the Stadio San Paolo.
The Azzurri were dislodged from top spot by Juve following last week’s defeat in Turin, but the Bianconeri were subsequently held to a goalless draw in Bologna.
A two-point gap was there to be bridged and Lorenzo Insigne briefly boosted Napoli above the reigning champions with a first-half opener. Champions League-chasing Milan had not come to Naples to lie down, however, and minutes later snatched a point thanks to Giacomo Bonaventura.

Goals from Chris Smalling, Juan Mata and Jesse Lingard ensured Manchester United avoided an upset and eased into the FA Cup quarter-finals with a 3-0 win at Shrewsbury.

The result ensured manager Louis van Gaal avoided further misery, and his side will now host West Ham for a place in the semi-finals.

Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has suffered no serious injury to his hurt knee, manager Louis van Gaal confirmed on Monday.
Although the Spaniard was not named in the squad for Monday night’s FA Cup match against Shrewsbury Town, United are hoping that he could be back for Thursday night’s crucial Europa League game against FC Midtjylland.

The Copa del Rey final will be played at the Vicente Calderon in Madrid on May 22, the Spanish Football Federation has confirmed.
Barcelona take on Sevilla at Atletico Madrid’s stadium, the RFEF board announced on Monday in Las Rozas, Madrid.
Barca preferred the larger venue of Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu, but the stadium was unavailable because of a Bruce Springsteen concert.
They had picked the date knowing Sevilla could be in action on May 18, should the two-time defending champions reach the Europa League final once again.

Juventus are monitoring the form of Atletico Madrid full-back Javier Manquilo, who is currently on loan at Marseille.

Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon paid tribute to his Bayern Munich counterpart Manuel Neuer, but said it is premature to name him as one of the world’s best.
When Juve face Bayern in the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night, two of the best goalkeepers in circulation will be standing at opposite ends of the field.
Buffon, 38, is widely regarded as the best of his generation while Neuer, nine years his junior, is pioneering a new goalkeeping style which has won him many fans and much recognition.

Liverpool are set to neogtiate with Malaga over a deal to bring midfielder Ignacio Camacho to Anfield after watching him during Sunday’s draw with Real Madrid.

John Terry will reject all offers from the Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG and Jiangsu Suning both interested.

Former Aston Villa and Rangers boss Alex McLeish has agreed to coach Zamalek, the Egyptian club have announced.

Aston Villa supporters are planning a mass walkout at the next three Villa Park matches to protest about the way the club is being run. Fans have been asked to leave their seats in the 74th minute.

Former Manchester United midfielder David Beckham has said that he wants Jose Mourinho back in the Premier League as soon as possible.

Leicester midfielder N’Golo Kante, 24, could be get a call-up by France after national team manager Didier Deschamps said “we’re following him”.

Former Scotland international Don Hutchinson feels handing the Newcastle captaincy to Jonjo Shelvey, 23, “would be the making of the midfielder”.

Ex-Everton full-back Michael Ball says goalkeeper Joel Robles is the club’s undisputed number one now ahead of regular Tim Howard.

Howard, 36, wants a four-year deal worth more than £14m to join MLS side Colorado Rapids. The American is currently on a £70,000-a-week deal at Goodison Park.

Swansea have been linked with a move for Italian striker Stefano Okaka, 26, who currently plays for Belgian side Anderlecht.

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie, 26, wants Emmanuel Adebayor to score his 100th Premier League goal in order to see the striker’s dance

Premier League leaders Leicester City have sent scouts to Portugal to watch Benfica striker Kostas Mitroglou, who is on loan from Fulham.

Alexandre Pato has a “golden opportunity” to prove himself at the top level of European football with Chelsea, according to Brazil legend Zico.
Pato, 26, moved to Stamford Bridge on loan from Corinthians in January but has yet to feature for the Blues as he undergoes what interim manager Guus Hiddink has described as a “preseason” regime at Cobham to improve his fitness.

Shanghai SIPG manager Sven Goran Eriksson is predicting that China could win a World Cup within the next 15 years.
China are currently ranked 93 in the FIFA World Ranking and last qualified for a World Cup in 2002 when they failed to claim a point in the group stage.

Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom’s Chris Brunt hit by a coin.

A Leeds supporter claims he was paid by the club to post positive messages on social media about under-fire owner Massimo Cellino

Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Newcastle United starlet Liam Gibson

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s lawyers have gone to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to get Friday’s FIFA presidential election postponed, with a decision on his request for transparent voting booths expected by Thursday morning.
Prince Ali is one of five candidates trying to succeed Sepp Blatter, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, Gianni Infantino, Tokyo Sexwale and Jerome Champagne are the other four candidates vying for the position, which is set to be decided in Zurich this week.

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Jose Mourinho believes he has a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to become the next Manchester United manager.

But the former Chelsea boss will explore other options if he has not been offered the Old Trafford job by the end of the season.

Mourinho is plotting a complete overhaul of Manchester United’s attack should he be appointed manager. The Portuguese is ready to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in a £60 million deal and also wants £78m-rated Thomas Muller.

And Mourinho will sign Brazil defender Miranda, 31, and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 23, from his former club Inter Milan.

Louis van Gaal’s time in charge of Manchester United is over even if they defeat Shrewsbury in the FA Cup on Monday and Midtjylland in the Europa League, says former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp.
United won the match 3-0.

Meanwhile, Dutchman Van Gaal says United have lost their fear factor.

Newcastle missed out on signing Aubameyang in 2013, as the 26-year-old chose to move to Dortmund instead.

Magpies skipper Fabricio Coloccini, 34, ruled out for a month with a calf injury.

Bayern Munich’s Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 28, says he rejected a move to Manchester United in favour of joining the German champions last summer.

Lazio say comments attributed to Claudio Lotito concerning the possible sale of Felipe Anderson to Man Utd are “devoid of any foundation”.

It was earlier reported that Manchester United have wrapped up a €60 million summer move for Anderson, as club president Claudio Lotito let slip to reporters in Salerno.

Zico claims Lionel Messi is on the brink of becoming the greatest footballer of all-time as Arsenal prepare to face the Barcelona superstar.
Messi and Co head to the Emirates Stadium to tackle the Gunners in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday, with his forward colleagues Luis Suarez and Neymar also sure to be a major threat in London.

Pep Guardiola is trying to make Schalke’s Leroy Sane one of his first signings at Manchester City. Manchester United and Chelsea are interested in Sane, too.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero wants to end his career at the club. The 27-year-old is set to sign a contract until 2020 but is willing to stay even longer, should he prolong his career.

John Obi Mikel has said almost all of Chelsea’s players want interim manager Guus Hiddink to remain in charge beyond this season because of the way the Dutchman has transformed the fortunes and mood of the club.
Hiddink returned to Stamford Bridge in December after Jose Mourinho was sacked by owner Roman Abramovich for the second time.
“Obviously I want him to stay, but it’s the choice of the owner, the club and the board,” Mikel said. “They will have to decide but if you ask the players, I think 98, 99 percent of them want him to stay. We’re very happy, performing well and let’s hope it continues.
“You can see it with Diego [Costa]. It takes a lot to get Diego in a good mood!
“It depends on the board. It depends on Guus too, whether he wants to continue. He’s said a few times he’s here until the end of the season but you never know. He might change his mind and if the club wants to appoint him, then fair enough. His record speaks very highly of him.”

Gabriel Paulista will miss Arsenal’s Champions League round-of-16 first leg against Barcelona on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.

Michael Carrick is considering moving abroad over fears he will not be offered a new deal at Manchester United, sources have told ESPN FC.
Carrick, 34, has a deal at United which expires this summer and the club have yet to open talks over a contract extension at Old Trafford.
The midfielder has been a key member of the United side since joining from Tottenham in 2006, winning five Premier League titles and one Champions League, but has struggled to hold down a first-team place with the arrivals of Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger last summer increasing competition for places.

German side Schalke are leading the way when it comes to giving players under the age of 21 a chance in the first-team, while the French Ligue 1 offers the most opportunities for young players as the Premier League lags behind, according to a CIES study.

Roma are ready to bring Erik Lamela back to Serie A. The Argentine left Rome in 2013 for £30 million and has enjoyed life at Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino, but Roma want him back to replace Miralem Pjanic, who they fear is set to join Real Madrid.

Tottenham are leading the race to sign £12m Belgium striker Laurent Depoitre, 27, from Gent.

West Brom supporters plan to throw money into buckets for a charity of Chris Brunt’s choice at Saturday’s Premier League game at home to Crystal Palace after the winger was struck by a coin following the FA Cup defeat at Reading.

Watford midfielder George Byers, 19, is close to signing for Romanian club Rapid Bucharest on loan.

Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 24, turned down a lucrative move to China because the Brazil international feels he is too young to end his Premier League career.

Barcelona sporting director Ariedo Braida was in attendance to scout Sassuolo duo Domenico Berardi and Simi Vrsaljko and Empoli midfielder Leandro Paredes, who is on loan from Roma, at a Serie A clash between the two clubs on Sunday.

Paris Saint-Germain are lining up a shock move for Liverpool attacker Roberto Firmino. After a slow start to life at Anfield, the Brazilian is now flourishing and his performances have caught the eye of PSG manager Laurent Blanc.

Liverpool are desperate to offload Mario Balotelli, with current loan club AC Milan unlikely to turn his loan into a permanent deal. As such, Reds bosses have jetted out to China to try and find a new club for the controversial striker.

Sam Allardyce is keen to bring Blackburn Rovers’ Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy to the Stadium of Light.

Former Sunderland and England footballer Adam Johnson has told a jury he did not have oral sex with a 15-year-old girl.

How’s this for a team bus? Former Italy and Juventus striker Alessandro del Piero posted this picture of the team involved in the Global Legends charity match in Las Vegas. Stars included Deco, Cafu, Landon Donovan, Andriy Shevchenko, Paolo Maldini, Paul Scholes, Robert Pires and Luis Figo.

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor said it was “nice seeing all my former team-mates” in an Instagrampost after the FA Cup win over Tottenham.

What does Zlatan Ibrahimovic do the day after scoring twice for Paris St-Germain? According to his Instagramthe Sweden striker goes out on his snowmobile

FIFA presidential candidate Gianni Infantino will visit Robben Island, the apartheid-era prison off Cape Town.
Infantino and rival candidate Tokyo Sexwale were to visit the island on Monday, four days before the election to choose a successor for Sepp Blatter.

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Pep Guardiola has made Barcelona’s ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, 29, his main target when he takes over at Manchester City.

Barcelona striker Neymar, 24, and midfielder Sergio Busquets, 27, are both targets for Guardiola as he plans a £150m double swoop.

Guardiola’s dad has branded the Premier League as “boring” and 84-year-old Valenti Guardiola added that it was little more than constant “long balls and running”.

Guardiola has not even begun his Manchester City reign yet, but the club are already planning for life without the Spaniard. Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain are hoping former youth coach Patrick Vieira will take over in three years’ time.

Jose Mourinho is “confident” he will be Manchester United manager by the start of next season.

Newcastle are planning a summer move for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will consider selling the injury-prone 26-year-old for £30m.

However, former Manchester City and Chelsea striker Sturridge is considering his future at Liverpool and wants a move back to London.

Tottenham will have first refusal on signing West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, in the summer following talks between Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and Baggies owner Jeremy Peace.

Inter Milan have turned down a £23m bid from Manchester United for 22-year-old striker Mauro Icardi.

A downturn in the global stock markets, along with Manchester United’s poor form, has seen £345m wiped off the club’s value.

Paris St-Germain midfielder Ezequiel Lavezzi, 30, is set to turn down Chelsea and join Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua.

Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 29, is a target for Chinese Super League side Hebei Fortune.

Crystal Palace co-owner Steve Parish has revealed that the club did consider a deal for Remy in the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, Remy’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard, 25, has said he would like to play under new Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane at some stage of his career.

Southampton striker Graziano Pelle, 30, has rejected several offers to move to China.

Manchester United are planning a lucrative summer trip to China against the wishes of manager Louis van Gaal, who believes the climate and travelling will negatively affect his players.

United U21 striker Will Keane could be set for a switch to Hull City in the summer transfer window.

Manchester City have joined rivals Manchester United in the race to sign Southampton striker Sadio Mane, 23.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper and Liverpool target Bernd Leno, 23, has hinted that he might be willing to move to the Premier League.

Under-fire Valencia coach Gary Neville has denied that the last few days have been the worst experience of his football career and says he is confident he can turn things around at the La Liga club.

Stoke defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, has told England rugby union coach Eddie Jones to “stick to what you know” after he made disparaging remarks about the “old Stoke City”.

Leicester City have joined Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Southampton in the race to sign 18-year-old Rennes winger Ousmane Dembele, tipped to be France’s next top talent.

United are said to be preparing a bid to lure 16-year-old Chelsea midfielder Domingos Quina to the Red Devils’ youth ranks.

Michael Carrick is set to be offered a one-year extension with Manchester United, included in which will be an option to take on a coaching role at the Old Trafford club.

West Ham are said to be impressed enough with Slaven Bilic’s results since taking over that they are preparing a contract that would keep the Croatian at the club until 2021.

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to be awarded for his performances with a three-year contract extension with the White Hart Lane club.

Jamie Vardy has signed a contract extension with the club until 2019, the club have confirmed.

Leicester-born Keval Nakeshree was smiling after the Foxes beat Manchester City on Saturday. He is on course to win £33,000 from a £5 bet he placed on them to win the Premier League.

Leicester City defender Danny Simpson paid tribute to team-mates Christian Fuchs, Robert Huth and Wes Morgan after an impressive 3-1 win at title rivals Manchester City. A photograph posted on Twitter was accompanied by the simple message: “These boys!”

Simpson’s team-mate Riyad Mahrez was speechless after the win that took Leicester six points clear at the top of the Premier League. He wrote on Instagram:”I have no words.”

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink has said Kurt Zouma’s knee injury looks “bad.”
But Hiddink said he would not speculate on how long the France international might be out for until he had undergone scans.

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher joined Reds supporters in a mass walkout protest at Anfield over an increase in ticket prices.

Premier League table-toppers Leicester are leading the race to sign Dutch midfield prodigy Tonny Vilhenna.

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Former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, 53, has signed an agreement with Manchester United to become their next boss.

The Chinese Super League want to bring Jose Mourinho on board to advise the league about how to improve the standard of football and their world appeal, after a January of making headlines for lavish signings.

Chelsea have turned down a £57m offer from Chinese side Jiangsu Suning for Brazil midfielder Oscar, 24.

Atletico Madrid want to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 27, this summer to ensure manager Diego Simeone stays at the club and does not consider a move to Stamford Bridge.

However, Inter Milan will move for Simeone at the end of the season if Roberto Mancini fails to lead the Nerazzurri to the Italian Serie A title.

Gary Neville, 40, will see out the season in charge of Valencia but the Spanish club have sounded out their former boss Rafael Benitez, 55, for the 2016-17 season.

Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge, 26, will leave Anfield in the summer after growing fed up with the public criticism of his desire to play.

Arsenal should sign former England defender John Terry, 35, if Chelsea let him go, says former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Danny Welbeck played an hour of Arsenal’s U21 encounter with Brighton on Friday having been out for almost 10 months with a knee injury.

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has urged president Florentino Perez to stump up the funds to sign Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.

The Spanish giants are ready to utilise their €35 million buy-back clause on Juventus striker Alvaro Morata, believing that the forward will have sell-on value even if he does not become a first-team regular.

Gareth Bale is set to miss out on Sunday’s La Liga trip to Granada as he continues his rehabilitation work on a calf injury.
Bale scored his 11th goal in eight games with an early header in Jan. 17’s 5-1 La Liga win over Sporting Gijon at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, only to leave the pitch just before half-time with what was diagnosed as his fifth calf muscle injury in his two-and-a-half years at Madrid.

Tomas Rosicky will be sidelined for up to three months with his latest injury, Arsene Wenger said on Friday, but the Arsenal manager still hopes to see the midfielder play for the club again.

Alex Teixeira has criticised Liverpool for failing to make a firm proposal to sign him, and has explained his surprise move to Jiangsu.

Exiled Man United keeper Victor Valdes holds no grudge against Louis van Gaal, despite being made to train away from the first team….

Louis van Gaal has delivered updates on five injured Man United stars – and wants Luke Shaw to return in time for the Europa League final

Angel Di Maria doesn’t want reminding of his “sad experience” at Man United as he looks to drive PSG on to domestic and European success.

Arsenal should sign former England defender John Terry, 35, if Chelsea let him go, says former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp.

Tottenham’s 19-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli is to have tests after he was forced off at half-time on Tuesday against Norwich because he was feeling “dizzy”.

Spurs’ lack of “winners in their team” could cost them the chance of winning the Premier League this season, according to former captain Sol Campbell, 41.

Stoke could lose striker Marko Arnautovic for £12.5m this summer as the Austria international has a buy-out clause in his contract.

Potters chairman Peter Coates says the board will continue to back manager Mark Hughes by spending more money, despite the club record £18.3m signing of Giannelli Imbula, 23, on deadline day.

Manchester United are set to close an entire tier of Old Trafford due to lack of interest in the club’s Europa League tie with Midtjylland on 25 February.

The German football federation has opened legal proceedings against Franz Beckenbauer, former members, and FIFA in a bid to limit potential damages arising from the 2006 World Cup corruption affair.

Sunderland’s relegation fight takes them to Liverpool on Saturday – four days after hosting title hopefuls Manchester City. “Big games coming thick and fast! Time for the boys to rest & recover ahead of our trip to Anfield this weekend,” tweetedBlack Cats boss Sam Allardyce.

Ian Ayre has defended Liverpool’s owners on their proposed ticket hike – and had these interesting words of caution for disgruntled fans.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans, 53, says he will resign if the club do not mount a promotion challenge next season.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says he offered Jurgen Klopp “any help he needed” when he met his successor for the first time.

On-loan Sunderland midfielder Yann M’Vila, 25, has hinted he would like to extend his stay on Wearside from Russia’s Rubin Kazan at the end of the season.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans, 53, says he will resign if the club do not mount a promotion challenge next season.

The Premier League’s bottom side Aston Villa will have to pay winger Charles N’Zogbia, 29, an extra £1.3m after failing to offload him in January.

Stoke City’s Spanish defender Marc Muniesa, 23, has changed his diet and footwear to avoid becoming the latest player at the club to get injured.Stoke City’s Spanish defender Marc Muniesa, 23, has changed his diet and footwear to avoid becoming the latest player at the club to get injured.

Celta rebuffed an offer from Barcelona to take Nolito on loan this January. For the attacker to depart, a club will need to meet his €18 million buy-out clause, and Arsenal could be willing to do so in the summer.

Manchester City have agreed to not sign Barcelona’s star names following the arrival of Pep Guardiola as manager, though fringe players would be allowed to move to the Etihad Stadium.

After their 7-0 trouncing of Valencia in the semi-final first-leg, Barcelona are set to ask the Spanish authorities to host the Copa del Rey final at the Santiago Bernabeu, the home of rivals Real Madrid.

A Rochdale fan travelled 10,000 miles from Australia to watch a match at Spotland – only for it to be postponed because of a frozen pitch.

Southern League Division One South and West club Bridgwater Town sacked manager Paul West – before reinstating him two hours later.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is set to reward full-back Bryan Oviedo with a new contract following his recent good form.

While his Arsenal team-mate Petr Cech opts for the drum kitand Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp prefers ‘heavy metal football’,Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez enjoys relaxing at home playing the piano. The Chile international posted this photo of him on Thursday on his Instagram page.

On 4 February 2006 Alan Shearer broke Jackie Milburn’s all-time Newcastle scoring recordwith his 201st goal. Former England striker Shearer used the hashtag #dreamscometrue as he marked the 10th anniversary on Thursday with a message on Twitter.

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Jose Mourinho is close to agreeing a deal to take over at Manchester United. The Portuguese coach will go head-to-head with his long-time rival Pep Guardiola, who is taking charge at Manchester City.

Manchester United are ready to make a world record £144 million for Barcelona star Neymar, with the player’s father indicating that a mystery club had made an approach.

Juventus boss Max Allegri has agreed a four-year deal to become Chelsea manager in the summer.

Valencia have begun talks with former manager Rafa Benitez regarding a return to the club at the end of the season following Gary Neville’s disastrous rein.

Zinedine Zidane has agreed a deal to remain as Real Madrid manager until 2018 after an impressive start to life in the hotseat at Santiago Bernabeu.

Jorge Mendes says United have agreed a £45million deal to sign Benfica prodigy Renato Sanchez in the summer

Manchester City defender Aleksandar Kolarov, 30, is reconsidering a potential move to a Serie A club this summer because he wants to work with new manager Pep Guardiola.

City sporting director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano “courted” football agent Pere Guardiola to persuade his brother Pep to become the Premier League club’s new manager.

Pep Guardiola wants Schalke’s Leroy Sane, who is also a target for Liverpool, to be his first signing as City boss.

Santiago Canizares says Gary Neville should apologise to supporters and resign as manager after Valencia were thumped 7-0 by Barcelona.

Liverpool target Alex Teixeira is weighing up an offer from Chinese outfit Jiansu Suning, who are willing to pay his €50 million release clause. Guangzhou Evergrande are also interested in the Shakhtar Donetsk forward.

Liverpool and Arsenal are set to battle to sign Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez in the summer after making him their prime attacking target.

Diego Simeone has been left angered by the surprise sale of striker Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande as he is unable to sign a replacement until the summer.

Atletico Madrid will look to cover the departure of Jackson Martinez to Guangzhou Evergrande by making a summer bid for Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.

Atletico Madrid was not in last-minute talks to bring Radamel Falcao nor Diego Costa back from Chelsea, although there could be movement in the summer transfer window, Enrique Cerezo told Cadena SER’s El Larguero show.

Atletico’s president Cerezo, said Martinez, who has joined Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande, “was not at the level of these circumstances” and that the transfer “was the best for everyone.”

The Madrid club has however won their appeal on Thursday and Filipe Luis’ three-match ban for his lunge into Barcelona’s Lionel Messi during the 2-1 defeat to Barcelona last weekend was reduced to one match by the Spanish Federation’s appeals committee.

Chelsea could miss out on Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi with the Argentine being lined up for a move to China
Lavezzi is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season and a number of clubs across Europe are keen on signing the attacker on a free transfer in the summer.

Juventus have begun their planning for the summer transfer window and have identified Valencia midfielder Andre Gomes and Monaco attacker Bernardo Silva as targets.

Havard Nordtveit of Borussia Monchengladbach may choose to leave his club in the summer. Borussia Dortmund and several British clubs are interested in the defensive midfielder from Norway.

Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro is debating his future at the club after telling those close to him he is unhappy at being left out of the starting XI by Zinedine Zidane.

Arsenal remain in the hunt for Real Madrid midfielder Isco and are prepared to make an offer of €30 million in the summer window.

Atletico Madrid insists Arsenal and Chelsea target Antoine Griezmann will not be sold

Inter rejected a bid from Liverpool on deadline day for striker Mauro Icardi. The Reds offered in excess of €30 million but were rebuffed.

Marseille want to activate on-loan Newcastle playmaker Remy Cabella’s £6million buy-out clause

Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas is a target for Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC.
New York City, under head coach Patrick Vieira, are keen to strengthen their squad after a disappointing first campaign last season in MLS.
Manchester’s City’s sister club already have former Chelsea star Frank Lampard, Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo and ex-Barcelona striker David Villa in their squad.

New Bayern Munich loan signing Serdar Tasci, 28, missed his own presentation at the club after suffering a minor concussion in his first training session.

Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua are set to make a €91 million offer for Zenit St. Petersburg striker Hulk.

Former Porto and Inter Milan full-back Alvaro Pereira, who was headed from Estudiantes to Getafe on loan until the end of the season, will see his La Liga start delayed after he was issued an eight-match ban by the Argentinian Football Federation for his role in a brawl during Sunday’s friendly between La Plata rivals Gimnasia and Estudiantes.

Lazio will have to play their next two Serie A fixtures with part of the Stadio Olimpico closed following incidents of racist chanting in their 2-0 defeat to Napoli on Wednesday.
That fixture was halted for three minutes and 40 seconds in the second half by referee Massimiliano Irrati, who wanted an end to be brought to the chanting from home fans in the direction of Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly. The game proceeded without any further interruption, although some of the chanting continued, according to Irrati in his report of the game.

Martin Caceres may have played his last game for Juventus after tearing his Achilles tendon during Wednesday night’s 1-0 win over Genoa.
Caceres, who is out of contract in the summer, is set to miss up to eight months after being forced to leave the field on a stretcher.

Chelsea goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, is prepared to leave the club in the summer becoming increasingly frustrated at the lack of playing time at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, has returned to full training but the England international is unlikely to feature in Saturday’s Premier League match against Sunderland at Anfield.

Turkish club Fenerbahce claim Liverpool will not sell Lazar Markovic, 21, even if they offer the Reds £20m for the on-loan Serbia winger.

Leicester City came close to selling Premier League top scorer Jamie Vardy, 29, to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday six months ago in a £5m deal.

The Foxes made an ambitious January transfer window bid to sign former Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldinho, 35, who is a free agent since leaving Fluminense in September.

Former England defender Ashley Cole’s move to LA Galaxy will see the 35-year-old receive just £4,000-a-week in wages.

West Ham are in talks with Barcelona about arranging a friendly on 3 August as their first match at the Olympic Stadium.

Southampton’s Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, is stalling on a new contract at St Mary’s amid interest from Arsenal and Tottenham.

The Premier League’s bottom club Aston Villa are making contingency plans in case Remi Garde quits as manager.

Jack Wilshere is closing in on a return to action for Arsenal after stepping up his recovery from yet another injury.

Tomas Rosicky may have played his final match for Arsenal as the midfielder’s thigh injury is worse than first feared.

Benik Afobe says he would have scored goals with Arsenal had he be given the chance by Arsene Wenger.

Sam Allardyce hopes Whabi Khazri can have the same impact at Sunderland as Jay-Jay Okocha and Youri Djorkaeff did at Bolton.
Khazri, a £9million capture from Bordeaux, made an impressive debut as a half-time substitute in the Black Cats’ 1-0 home defeat by Manchester City on Tuesday evening, showing flashes of the talent in which the club invested so heavily.

Vincent Kompany is closing in on a Manchester City return after stepping up his comeback from a calf injury.

Claudio Ranieri says Jamie Vardy needs to continue his form into next term before he can be considered as good as Sergio Aguero.

Liverpool fans are planning the first ever walkout at Anfield after the club increased ticket prices for next season.

Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, insists he does not deserve his reputation as a disruptive influence and says the Eagles’ supporters “already love me”.

Palace have been hit by a double injury blow as James McArthur will not play again this term, while Jason Puncheon faces a “long period” out.

Adam Bogdan has been dropped from Liverpool’s Europa League squad and young goalkeeper Danny Ward has been added to the list.

West Ham defender Doneil Henry is hoping to secure another loan move after injuries curtailed his spell at Blackburn Rovers

Serge Gnabry will be loaned back out by the Gunners, with Championship trio Fulham, Brighton and Charlton interested in the attacking midfielder.

West Brom captain Darren Fletcher, 32, says Swansea fans taunted him over his career-threatening bowel condition.

Baggies goalkeeper Ben Foster has urged his team-mate Saido Berahino, 22, to quit social media “and delete all that rubbish”.

Aston Villa forward Jordan Ayew has apologised on Instagram following his red card for elbowing West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell at Upton Park on Tuesday.

Sunderland’s new signing Dame N’Doye, 30, says his experience of a Premier League relegation battle with Hull City last season will prove invaluable during his loan spell at the Stadium of Light.

A French artist has opened an exhibition featuring photos of Zinedine Zidane’s last 100 days as a footballer.

EPL results

Manchester United gave their fans something to smile about for once after one of their best displays of the season saw them defeat Stoke 3-0 at Old Trafford.
United – the day after neighbours Manchester City confirmed the appointment of Pep Guardiola – eased the pressure on Louis van Gaal as they blew away the Potters and avenged their Boxing Day defeat at the Britannia Stadium with a fine display of ruthless attacking football.
Rooney moved to within five goals of Sir Bobby Charlton’s all-time scoring record with his seventh goal in seven games and Jesse Lingard nodded in a fine ball from Cameron Borthwick-Jackson to put United ahead in the 14th minute.
The goal of the night belonged to the excellent Anthony Martial for his curler from the far corner.
As Van Gaal walked down the touchline just before kick-off, a giant surfer flag traversed the Stretford End marking this week’s anniversary of the 1958 Munich air disaster.
The Busby Babes, of course, were fabled for their thrilling attacking football and the current crop of men in red did their best to put on a display their predecessors would have been proud of.

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was the star man once again as his first half strike against Sunderland sealed a 1-0 win for Manuel Pellegrini in his first game since announcing he will be leaving the club at the end of the season.
Aguero served up a reminder that there is life before Pep Guardiola as Manchester City maintained their Premier League title challenge with a hard-fought victory at Sunderland.
The Argentina international’s 17th goal of the season was enough to claim a 1-0 win at the Stadium of Light, where the Black Cats suggested they could yet dig themselves out of relegation trouble.

Jamie Vardy scored with a sumptuous 30-yard volley before grabbing a second as Leicester maintained their grip at the top of the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Liverpool at the King Power Stadium.
The striker’s brilliant brace maintained the Foxes’ three-point lead over Manchester City – ahead of their top-of-the-table showdown on Saturday.
In front of watching England boss Roy Hodgson the 29-year-old netted a stunning effort before firing in from close range to continue his stellar campaign.
Vardy is in talks with City to extend his dealand reached 18 Premier League goals for the season to underline his importance to Claudio Ranieri and help prove outstanding Leicester’s title credentials.
They were everything Liverpool were not, incisive, gritty, classy and determined as the Reds showed Jurgen Klopp how far they have to go.

Arsenal have been held to a goalless draw by Southampton at the Emirates Stadium after a wonderful display from goalkeeper Fraser Forster denied the Gunners all three points.
Goalkeeper Forster inspired his side to earn a point at Arsenal as the Gunners lost further ground on their Premier League title rivals.
There was talk of this being a revenge mission following Saints’ 4-0 win in the reverse fixture on Boxing Day but Forster was superb as a string of top-class saves secured a 0-0 draw and a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Harry Kane scored twice to help Tottenham to a comfortable 3-0 win over Norwich to lift them up to third place in the Premier League.
Dele Alli scored inside two minutes to open the scoring for the hosts before Kane doubled Tottenham’s advantage from the spot on the half-hour mark.
While Norwich were greatly improved after the interval, it was Kane who completed a fine night for Spurs, with his second goal in injury time.
Tottenham, who recorded their fifth straight victory in all competitions, keep alive their dreams of winning a first league title since 1961. But Norwich, now with four league defeats in as many matches, remain two points above the relegation zone.

Bournemouth beat Crystal Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park courtesy of goals from striker Benik Afobe and Marc Pugh as Alan Pardew’s side fell to their fifth straight defeat.
Recovering from conceding the opening goal to Scott Dann, they went seven points clear of the relegation zone after Pugh and Afobe scored either side of half-time.
The result leaves 11th-placed Palace winless in the league since December 19, and perhaps more importantly further away from finishing in the top six which had once looked a realistic ambition.
In the absence of the injured Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley and Yannick Bolasie, and with first-choice striker Connor Wickham serving the second game of his three-match ban, much of the responsibility for providing the creativity that had once given Palace’s season such promise fell to Wilfried Zaha.Palace manager Alan Pardew had resisted selecting Emmanuel Adebayor against Stoke and, owing to a lack of match fitness, had only named him as a substitute, but after Pape Souare and Zaha missed with reasonable chances towards the end of the first half the temptation grew early in the second.
The striker was already poised for his debut when another significant January signing, Bournemouth’s £10million Afobe, threatened to ruin it. Matt Ritchie forced a fine save from Hennessey with a close-range shot, and Afobe, sensing a chance to score his third goal in three games, pounced unchallenged from inside the area to head the rebound inside the left post.
Adebayor was introduced for Frazier Campbell immediately afterwards, but in Cabaye’s absence the platform had not quite been presented for him to score on his debut as he had at Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham, his three previous Premier League clubs,

Salomon Rondon scored in the 90th minute as West Brom salvaged a 1-1 draw at home to fellow strugglers Swansea at The Hawthorns.
It looked like Gylfi Sigurdsson’s goal would continue Swansea’s revival under Francesco Guidolin with a third straight win and see the Welsh side go above the Baggies in the Premier League table.
But Lukasz Fabianski, who had been in decent form on the night, was finally beaten in the second minute of time added on when Rondon blasted the ball home from close range after a scramble inside the six-yard box, and it finished 1-1.

West Ham beat Aston Villa 2-0 at Upton Park courtesy of second half goals from Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate after Jordan Ayew was sent off for elbowing Ryan Cresswell.
Ghana striker Ayew left his struggling side in the lurch when he was dismissed for a vicious elbow into the face of Aaron Cresswell after just 17 minutes.
And it was Villa who ended up with a bloody nose after Michail Antonio and Cheikhou Kouyate struck in the second half to end the 10 men’s resistance.

Arsenal 0 – 0 Southampton
Leicester City 2 – 0 Liverpool
Norwich City 0 – 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Sunderland 0 – 1 Manchester City
West Ham United 2 – 0Aston Villa
Crystal Palace 1 – 2 AFC Bournemouth
Manchester United 3 – 0 Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion 1 – 1 Swansea City

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 45, rejected last-minute attempts from Manchester United and Chelsea before agreeing a three-year deal to become Manchester City manager next summer.

The Spaniard will earn more than any other manager or player in the Premier League after being offered a £21m-a-year contract.

Guardiola’s arrival at Manchester could spell the end of Yaya Toure’s Manchester City career. Guardiola sold the midfielder while at Barcelona.

Pellegrini’s next job could be at Chelsea, who spoke to the 62-year-old before taking Jose Mourinho back in 2013.

Long-term Manchester United target Neymar, 23, could join rivals City after Guardiola’s arrival. The club are willing to meet the player’s £105m buyout clause.

City also want Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi, 28, to reunite with Guardiola and are putting together a £120m deal to tempt the Barcelona forward.

Guardiola will try to sign Juventus’ 22-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who is rated at £80m, and Everton’s 21-year-old England defender John Stones, who could cost £50m.

City will rival Real Madrid in the £75 million race to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the summer.

City are planning an expensive summer overhaul of their squad with defender Eliaquim Mangala, 24, and striker Wilfried Bony, 27, poised to be sold.

Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward has decided to replace Louis van Gaal at the end of the season, and Manchester City’s move for Pep Guardiola has convinced him Jose Mourinho is the only man for the job.

United had a deadline-day move for Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy, 30, blocked by Arsene Wenger. The full-back moved to Bordeaux instead.

Oxford United boss Michael Appleton, 40, has turned down the chance to oversee the youth set-up at Manchester United, where he started his career.

Chelsea captain John Terry, 35, has been offered a move to the Middle East. Talks between his advisers and Qatar side Al Arabi – managed by former Blues forward Gianfranco Zola – have taken place.

Terry could earn £20m by playing just one season in China, although the MLS is also a possible destination.

Terry will not continue his career in Europe as he does not want to play against Chelsea.

Times journalist Henry Winter believes Chelsea will look to Italy for their next manager – hinting he thinks Italy head coach Antonio Conte, 46, will get the job.

On-loan Blues striker Radamel Falcao, 29, was in Madrid on transfer deadline day as he looked to seal a move back to Atletico Madrid.

Surprise Premier League leaders Leicester missed out on signing striker Loic Remy, 29, after Chelsea decided not to allow the France international to leave on a loan deal.

The Foxes are in talks with striker Jamie Vardy over a new contract.
Leicester are prepared to reward the Premier League top goalscorer with a new deal that will tie him to the King Power Stadium until 2019, with his current deal expiring in 2018.

Aston Villa manager Remi Garde is prepared to walk out on the club this summer after they failed to sign any of his January targets.

Villa missed out on signing Hajduk Split’s 6ft 7in goalkeeper Lovre Kalinic when the 25-year-old was denied a work permit and two appeals to the Football Association failed.

Serie A side Lazio blocked moves from Villa and Bournemouth to sign midfielder Ravel Morrison, 22, who will now remain in Italy until the end of the season.

Newcastle ended their interest in Liverpool full-back Jose Enrique, 30, after discussions about the player’s contract demands.

Arsenal tried to sign Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon as part of a loan deal which would have seen Serge Gnabry move to Craven Cottage, but the Championship club rejected the offer.

Neymar appeared before a judge Tuesday to testify in an investigation into alleged irregularities regarding his transfer to Barcelona.
The Brazilian striker was in court for more than an hour and a half and left without giving details about his testimony.
Before being escorted away, he signed autographs and attended to a few fans who waited for him outside the National Court in central Madrid.

Andrey Arshavin is considering retirement after his contract at Kuban Krasnodar was terminated by mutual consent.
Former Russia international Arshavin, 34, joined Kuban in July but the deal was terminated six months early after making only nine appearances.

UEFA have lifted their ban on supporters attending the Champions League game between Dynamo Kiev and Manchester City on Feb. 24.
Kiev were originally ordered to play three European home games at their 70,000 NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium without fans as punishment for offences including racist behaviour and crowd disturbances. They were also fined€100,000.
The Ukrainian side appealed against the decision made in November and, on Tuesday, UEFA reduced the punishment ordering Kiev to play just one match behind closed doors.

Former England captain David Beckham bought hot drinks for a paramedic and her patient after he spotted them waiting for an ambulance in the cold.

The police officer who posted a photo of Barcelona forward Lionel Messi’s passport online has been sentenced to a month in prison.

A journalist was harassed by a fan with an inflatable banana while covering deadline day for Italian television, but got his own back by using the inflatable toy against him.

Manchester City confirms Guardiola as their next coach

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager next season on a three-year contract, the club have announced.
The club’s surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini’s future.

An official club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.
“The contract is for three years. These negotiations were a re-commencement of discussions that were curtailed in 2012.
“Out of respect for Manuel Pellegrini and the players, the club wishes to make its decision public to remove the unnecessary burden of speculation.
“Manuel, who is fully supportive of the decision to make this communication, is entirely focused on achieving his targets for the season ahead and retains the respect and commitment of all involved with the leadership of the club.”
The news was announced at the end of a standard press conference to preview Tuesday’s Barclays Premier League game at Sunderland.
First Pellegrini, who signed a one-year extension to his original three-year contract last summer, announced his departure and that was quickly followed by the club statement.
Pellegrini said: “Before we finish I will tell you that I talked with the club and I will finish my contract on the original date in June. We extended the contract one year more but with the clause that one of the club or me may not use that extended contract. So, I will finish here on the original date, June 30.
“There has been a lot of speculation about things, but they (the club) are not doing anything behind me. I knew this one month ago. I don’t think it is good to have speculation about different things. I prefer to finish (by announcing) today – that is why I have told the press and told the players. I told the club two weeks ago that I would do it.”
Chilean Pellegrini, 62, succeeded Roberto Mancini as City boss in 2013 and guided them the Premier League and Capital One Cup success in his first season.
They failed to defend their title last season but remain alive in four competitions this term.
One interesting aspect of City’s statement is the admission that the talks with Guardiola began in 2012 – at a time when City had secured the Premier League title under Mancini on a dramatic final day of the season.
It was in the summer of 2012 that Guardiola opted to take a sabbatical from coaching before joining Bayern in time for the start of the 2013-14 season.
Guardiola announced just before Christmas that he would leave Bayern at the end of the season, with the German giants simultaneously confirming that former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti would succeed him.
City had always been perceived as favourites to win the race for his signature, with City football director Txiki Begiristain and chief executive Ferran Soriano having worked with Guardiola at Barcelona.
But Chelsea – who sacked Jose Mourinho in December after a dreadful start to their title defence – had also been linked with Guardiola along with Manchester United, whose manager Louis van Gaal is under pressure after some mediocre performances this term.

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Stoke have rejected a bid from Marseille for striker Peter Odemwingie. They’re also currently in talks over a deal, either on a pre-contract or permanent from today, for Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher.

Benfica have said they are unworried by suggestions Manchester United are lining up a bid for teenage midfielder Renato Sanches.
United are reportedly willing to pay€30 million to sign Sanches, who has broken into the Benfica team this season, but manager Rui Vitoria is remaining relaxed about the possibility of United coming in for the 18-year-old.
Arsenal sent a scout to watch Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Moreirense.

The Gunners are keen to secure the signing of Leicester City teenger Ben Chilwell before the closure of the January window and will lodge a £4 million bid.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Tomas Rosicky picked up a new injury in Arsenal’s FA Cup win against Burnley on Saturday, his first appearance of the season.
Rosicky came on for about 20 minutes in the second half in his return from a serious knee injury that he suffered last June – only to pick up a thigh problem right away. Wenger said the injury was still being assessed, but would not give a timeline for the Czech Republic midfielder’s latest recovery process.

Newcastle United have signed Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has confirmed a quiet Deadline Day at Anfield after admitting he’s been forced to abandon their bid to sign Shakhtar star Alex Teixeria .

Former Liverpool target, Barcelona full-back Martin Montoya, has completed a loan move to Real Betis.

Reports coming out of Liverpool suggest Jose Enrique is in talks about a free transfer return to his former club Newcastle.

Newcastle have reportedly had a £15.2m bid rejected for Sporting striker Islam Slimani amid claims they have abandoned their hunt for Saido Berahino.

Newcastle’s Ayoze Perez have committed his future to the club by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract which ties him to St James’ Park until the summer of 2021. The Spanish striker had been a target for Manchester United and Spurs.

Three departures from Tottenham Hotspurs today – Alex Pritchard joining West Brom, Milos Veljkovic, who has joined Werder Bremen on a permanent deal, and Federico Fazio has rejoined his former club Sevilla on loan.

Claudio Ranieri has confirmed Leicester City remain in negotiations to bring a new striker to the King Power Stadium.
The Premier League leaders have failed in a bid to sign Italy international Eder and their attempts to bring CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa no longer look promising.

Pep Guardiola will succeed Manuel Pellegrini as Manchester City manager next season on a three-year contract, the club have announced.
The club’s surprise statement ends considerable speculation linking them with outgoing Bayern Munich boss Guardiola and over Pellegrini’s future.
An official club statement read: “Manchester City can confirm that in recent weeks it has commenced and finalised contractual negotiations with Pep Guardiola to become MCFC head coach for the 2016/17 EPL season onwards.”

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang continued his shootout with Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski for the Bundesliga’s top scorer award at the weekend as the club admitted they could be forced to consider bids for the African Player of the Year in the summer.

Diego Costa, 27, will not be leaving Chelsea after the Blues rejected a late approach from Atletico Madrid to re-sign their former striker.

One forward who could leave Stamford Bridge on deadline day, however, is Loic Remy. The France international, 29, is a target for Leicester and Watford.

Alan Pardew has confirmed he’ll attempt to bring John Terry in at Crystal Palace when the former England defender leaves Chelsea at the end of the season.

Terry is likely to move to Major League Soccer in the United States when he leaves Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Although the 35-year-old former England defender might be tempted by lucrative offers from China or the Gulf.

Terry has left the door open for the Blues to change their mind and offer him a new deal.

Letting Terry leave Stamford Bridge is a “big mistake”, according to former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp.

Ex-Chelsea striker Tony Cascarino believes the decision is “madness”.

Former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli is being lined up to take over from Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink at the end of the season.

Stoke City are set to revive their move for Porto midfielder Giannelli Imbula on deadline day and are willing to spend a club-record £14 million.

The Potters have had a club-record £20 million offer turned down by Marseille for Michy Batshuayi.

Rennes midfielder Abdoualye Doucoure will sign for Watford, assuming there are no late hiccups.

Bordeaux have completed a loan deal to sign Mathieu Debuchy from Arsenal according to unconfirmed reports in France.

The deal for Norwich to sign Patrick Bamford was done on Saturday, but City boss Alex Neil has spoken to the press today to say how he thinks he’s signed a player worth £10million.

Aiden McGeady is joining ambitious Championship side Sheffield Wednesday on a season-long loan from Everton.

Patrick Roberts has finalised a 18-month loan deal from Manchester City to Celtic.

Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, 25, could be set for a move to Liverpool from Real Madrid.

Liverpool have rejected a bid of £1.5 million from Watford for striker Jerome Sinclair and are keen to use him as a makeweight in other deals.

Schalke are set to offer Joel Matip a new deal in a bid to keep him from joining Liverpool. The Bundesliga outfit are offering to double his wages.

Tottenham have called off a £6m deal for Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, 19, over the Championship club’s insistence the Frenchman is loaned back for the rest of the season.

Manchester United are set to make a late bid for Olympiacos right-back Omar Elabdellaoui, though they face a race against time to beat the January deadline.

Robinho’s representatives have spoken to Swansea City and Leicester City about a potential return to the Premier League.

Hull remain confident of a deal to sign Nick Powell from Manchester United.

Genoa’s Argentine winger Diego Perotti, 27, is set to join Serie A rivals Roma.

Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown, 18, could be set for a loan move to Porto.

Valencia are weighing up making a summer move for Juan Cuadrado with Juventus unlikely to make his loan move from Chelsea permanent.

Inter would be open to selling Mauro Icardi for €25 million on deadline day. Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool would all be keen on a deal.

Hamburg are keen to take Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler on loan until the end of the season.

Everton are hopeful of completing the £13.5 million signing of Lokomotiv striker Oumar Niasse before the transfer deadline.

Aston Villa have failed with a bid for 29-year-old former Swansea striker Michu, who plays for Spanish club Langreo.

Aston Villa and Bournemouth are leading the race to bring Lazio winger Ravel Morrison back to England. The Roman club had previously been unwilling to entertain offers but are now looking to offload.

Alan Pardew says goalkeeper Alex McCarthy is likely to leave Crystal Palace on loan if the club manage to sign a replacement, with Rob Green a reported target.

Middlesbrough are paying to Blackburn for Jordan Rhodes could be set at a staggering £13million, which would (as things stand) be the highest transfer fee spent by any club in Europe this January window.

Manchester City midfielder Bruno Zuculini is set to complete a loan move to AEK Athens before the closure of the January window.

Newcastle are keen to sign a left-back and have turned their attention to Arsenal’s Kieran Gibbs, though he will only be sold if cover for Nacho Monreal can be found.

Southampton are set to make a last-gasp loan bid to sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before the end of the January window.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is weighing up making a £5 million bid for Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe. The England international enjoyed a fruitful loan spell with the Cherries in the early days of his career.

West Ham are looking to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on loan for the rest of the season.

West Brom have rejected a loan bid from Swansea City for James Chester despite the Wales defender wanting first-team football ahead of Euro 2016.

Norwich City are in advanced talks to sign Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane before the end of the January window.

Barcelona star Neymar says he has been affected by the legal issues that have followed him since his arrival at the Nou Camp.
Neymar, 23, is due in a Madrid court on Tuesday to give evidence in a case brought by Brazilian third-party investment fund DIS, who feel they were cut out of the controversial transfer which brought the player to Barca from Santos in summer 2013.

Transfer spending by Premier League clubs this season has surpassed the£1 billion mark for the first time, according to Deloitte.
It may have been a quiet start to deadline day on Monday, but total spending in the whole of the 2015-16 campaign has already reached an eye-watering amount.
Deloitte estimates that £130 million has been spent so far in the January transfer window, which takes the total sum for the season beyond £1bn for the first time in history.

Championship strugglers Charlton are interested in a loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Serge Gnabry, 20.

Queens Park Rangers manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has agreed a £350,000 fee with former club Burton for their 26-year-old top scorer Abdenasser El Khayati.

The Afghan Football Federation says five-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi, who became a social media hit when he was pictured wearing a Lionel Messi shirt made out of a plastic bag, will meet the Barcelona star.

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher was at AC Milan’s derby win over Serie A rivals Inter Milan and managed to get a picture with one of Italy’s greatest defenders, Franco Baresi. Carragher wrote: “Just getting ready for #DerbiDelaMadonina with the best defender I’ve ever seen! #baresi”

Ligue 1 results

Runaway leaders Paris St Germain tightened their grip on Ligue 1 with a 2-0 win at St Etienne to move 24 points clear at the top of the table.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal just after the hour broke the resistance of the home side, who had held their own and also forced Kevin Trapp into several saves.
The Sweden forward added a second from close range deep into stoppage time as PSG closed out a 13th straight win in all competitions.

After a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Lille in the League Cup semifinals midweek, Bordeaux recovered to extend its unbeaten run in the league to seven matches with an emphatic 4-0 win over Rennes.
Cheick Diabate scored twice before Diego Rolan and Thomas Toure added more luster to a win that puts the hosts back in the fight for the European places.

Ronny Rodelin and Andy Delort scored first-half goals in a 2-0 victory over Nice that lifted Caen level on points with its Riviera opponents.
It was Caen’s first home win since November, and the second consecutive week that Rodelin and Delort made the scoresheet in the French league.
Nice and Caen have 36 points, three fewer than second-placed Monaco.
Rodelin opened the scoring with a precise shot at the near post in the 12th minute after the visitors gave the ball away in their own half. Delort made no mistake from the penalty sport after Saidi Ntibazinkia was fouled in the box in the 41st.
Caen keeper Remy Vercoutre had a good second half, denying Hatem Ben Arfa’s free kick and a last-minute effort from Alexandre Mendy.
“We made a big first half with two goals, then we suffered after the interval,” Caen coach Patrice Garande said.

Caen 2 – 0 Nice
Bordeaux 4 – 0 Rennes
Saint-Etienne 0 – 2 Paris Saint Germain

Serie A results

Juventus strolled to a 4-0 victory over Chievo in Verona to record a 12th consecutive win in Serie A.
Juve took less than six minutes to open the scoring as Stephen Lichtsteiner delivered a perfect low cross and Alvaro Morata got goal-side of full-back Nicolas Frey to finish from six yards.
They doubled their lead five minutes before the break, Paulo Dybala and Sami Khedira linking up and the latter squaring across goal to serve up a mirror image of Morata’s first finish.
The third came on the hour when Lichtsteiner and Paul Pogba combined to set up the chance and Alex Sandro stroked home left-footed.

The result meant Juve went top of Serie A, but only for a couple of hours as Napoli came from a goal down to thrash Empoli 5-1.
After they fell behind to Leandro Paredes’ opener, the southerners responded confidently. Paredes’ dummied free kick took a heavy deflection off Callejon to fool Pepe Reina before nestling in the back of the net.
Napoli reacted typically quickly with Gonzalo Higuain grabbing his 22nd goal of the season. The Argentine burst into the box to meet Lorenzo Insigne’s cross from the left and, in the 37th minute, provider turned goalscorer thanks to his well-placed free kick.
The Azzurri managed to extend their advantage when play resumed, Camporese perhaps unlucky to put the ball into his own goal when trying to anticipate Higuain’s run.
Jose Callejon confirmed the outcome with quickly taken brace in the dying moments of the match.

Genoa and Fiorentina shared the points from a frustrating 0-0 draw at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.
With the hosts needing to build a cushion above the relegation zone and Fiorentina watching their title challenge starting to fade, a draw did little to satisfy either club.

Mattia Destro fired Bologna to a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Sampdoria at the Renato Dall’Ara.
The home side went two goals up inside 24 minutes as Anthony Mounier and Godfred Donsah scored to make life rather difficult for relegation-troubled Samp.
Vincenzo Montella’s men hit back in the second half, however, with strikes from Luis Muriel and Joaquin Correa threatening to deny Bologna the chance to climb into the top half of the table.
But Destro stepped up to convert an 86th-minute penalty after former Sunderland midfielder Ricky Alvarez had handled the ball in the Samp box.

Hellas Verona’s quest for a first win of the season continues after a 0-0 draw at Torino.
The basement boys — 12 points from safety — did well to hold out at the Stadio Olimpico, where mid-table Torino went close to scoring on numerous occasions.

ChievoVerona 0 – 4 Juventus
Bologna 3 – 2 Sampdoria
Genoa 0 – 0 Fiorentina
SSC Napoli 5 – 1 Empoli
Torino 0 – 0 Hellas Verona
Udinese 0 – 0 Lazio
AC Milan 3 – 0 Inter

BundesLiga results

Bayern Munich’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim was overshadowed by the news that Javi Martinez faces a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
Two goals from Robert Lewandowski saw the Bavarians re-establish their eight-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund at the top of the Bundesliga, while Hoffenheim are rooted to the bottom.

Wolfsburg disappointed for the second time in 2016 as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cologne.
Wolfsburg’s home form alone has been sustaining their challenge for a place in Europe next season, with 20 of their 26 points coming in front of their own fans prior to kick-off.
Julian Draxler showed a fine touch to turn in Vieirinha’s cross on the volley from close range, with the deadlock finally broken midway through the second half.
It was not going to be worth all three points, though, as Anthony Modeste was given too much time and space to curl an effort from the edge of the penalty area beyond the reach of Diego Benaglio less than 10 minutes later.

Wolfsburg 1 – 1 FC Cologne
Bayern Munich 2 – 0 Hoffenheim

La Liga results

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick as Real Madrid thumped Espanyol 6-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.
The win pulls Los Blancos within four points of La Liga leaders Barcelona and just a point behind second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were defeated by the Catalans on Saturday.
James Rodriguez, Karim Benzema and an Oscar Duarte own goal rounded out the scoring for Real.

The pressure on Valencia boss Gary Neville increased on Sunday after they lost 1-0 at home to Sporting Gijon.
Neville’s winless Primera Division run stretched to eight games despite the hosts being the dominant side for most of the game. They failed to take a string of chances and fell behind to Antonio Sanabria’s penalty on 50 minutes.
They continued to throw everything at their opponents but Alvaro Negredo missed two clear chances to equalise and Los Che suffered a third league defeat under Neville — their first home loss in La Liga since 2014.
Neville’s side stayed 12th in the standings, now 19 points from fourth place, while Sporting moved two points away from the relegation zone.

Kevin Gameiro played a starring role as Sevilla climbed to fifth following a 3-1 win over bottom club Levante.
Sevilla’s unbeaten run goes back to early January, and it showed in their attitude, as a quickfire attack saw them score after just 50 seconds, Gameiro converting from close range after a cross was deflected into his path.
Gameiro turned provider a minute after the half-time, unselfishly cutting back to Vicente Iborra for a simple tap-in, this after Sevilla had put together another quick passing move involving Jose Antonio Reyes.
Levante were given hope in the 55th minute when Giuseppe Rossi’s close-range shot was too good for Rico to stop and the forward continued to threaten the Sevilla goal on occasion.
However, with 15 minutes remaining, Ukraine international Yevhen Konoplyanka swung in a superb right-foot shot from just inside the box which flew into the top corner, putting the game to bed.

Las Palmas moved out of the Primera Division drop zone after a last-minute winner from Willian Jose gave them a precious 2-1 victory over 10-man Celta Vigo.
The midfielder scored with virtually the last kick of the game to give Quique Setien’s side a first league win of 2016.
A controversial penalty scored by Las Palmas midfielder Jonathan Viera had cancelled out Theo Bongonda’s early opener, while Fabian Orellana was sent off in the second half for the Galicians.

Sevilla 3 – 1 Levante
Valencia 0 – 1 Sporting Gijon
Las Palmas 2 – 1 Celta Vigo
Real Madrid 6 – 0 Espanyol