Latest Football News

  • Barcelona forward Neymar will have his medical in Doha on Tuesday prior to completing a world record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Neymar spent Monday in China on a promotional tour while reports swirled about his potential world-record €222 million transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Neymar sent Whatsapp messages to Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, in a bid to persuade his fellow Brazilian to join him in a move to Paris St-Germain.
  • Philippe Coutinho is “almost certain” to join Barcelona this summer.

  • Jurgen Klopp remains adamant Philippe Coutinho will not be sold by Liverpool, despite Barcelona’s confidence in signing the player.
  • Barcelona could turn their attention to signing Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil if they are unable to sign Coutinho from Liverpool.
  • Liverpool are set to rival Arsenal to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar if Coutinho joins Barcelona.
  • La Liga will report Paris St-Germain for a breach of Uefa’s financial fair play rules over the signing of Neymar from Barcelona, even if the French side do not pay the 25-year-old Brazil forward’s 220m euros (£197m) buyout clause.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo does not want to see Kylian Mbappe join Real Madrid because he is wary of losing his star status at the club.
  • Bayern Munich have rejected an AC Milan offer for unsettled midfielder Renato Sanches.
  • The big-spending Italians reportedly offered €10m to loan the Portugal international with a €40m option to purchase after the season.
  • Chelsea are willing to meet Bayern Munich’s demands to sign midfielder Renato Sanches, 19, on loan for the season.
  • But, the Blues’ hope of signing Renato Sanches have suffered a blow after his Portugal teammate Joao Mario advised him to move to Milan.

  • Manchester United have struck a deal with Serge Aurier to sign the right-back from Paris Saint-Germain but he wil have to face a court hearing to be granted permission to enter the UK.
  • United face a straight battle with Chelsea to sign Fluminense forward Richarlison after Ajax pulled out of negotiations.
  • United boss Jose Mourinho no longer intends to loan out 21-year-old midfielder Andreas Pereira, after being impressed by the Brazilian during pre-season.
  • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola expects striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, to join Leicester soon, despite a delay in finalising a deal for the Nigeria international.
  • Guardiola also says midfielder Samir Nasri has no future at the club, even though he has praised the 30-year-old’s pre-season displays.
  • Elsewhere, Guardiola is on course for a row with City’s board over plans for a pre-season tour in China next summer, with the Spaniard preferring to return to the United States.
  • Liverpool’s chances of landing Naby Keita are in further danger as Inter have entered the race for the RB Leipzig star.
  • Liverpool will now sign Brazilian star Rafinha, with the Reds will to spend up to €40million (£35.7m) to bring the player to Anfield.

  • Chelsea are planning a move for Celtic’s teenage sensation Karamoko Dembele.
  • Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi says he knows nothing about reported interest in him from Juventus.
  • Juventus will sell Juan Cuadrado – most likely to one of Arsenal, Spurs or PSG – once they have sealed a deal for Lazio’s Keita Balde.
  • Atletico Madrid are ready to send highly-rated attacking midfielder Caio out on loan, with clubs in
  • England and France weighing up moves.
  • Galatasaray have dropped a huge hint they will sign Manchester City midfielder Fernando after seeing efforts to land Marouane Fellaini dismissed by Jose Mourinho.
  • Manchester City players have openly discussed the arrival of forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, from Arsenal in a £50m deal.
  • Schalke midfielder Leon Goretzka says talk that he will join Bayern Munich is getting on his nerves.
  • Danish defender Simon Kjaer – a reported target for Arsenal and Liverpool – is closing in on a move to Sevilla.
  • Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has emerged as a transfer target for Roma.
  • Juventus have ended their interest in PSG’s Blaise Matuidi after deeming him too old and will instead focus their energies on signing Liverpool’s 23-year-old Emre Can.
  • Juve boss Massimo Allegri insists Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro will stay in Turin, despite reports of a world-record bid for a defender of £61million from Chelsea.
  • AC Milan’s pursuit of Croatian striker Nicola Kalinic is reaching a crucial phase as the big spenders hope to persuade Fiorentina to accept their €25m bid.
  • Fiorentina are monitoring the situation with Palermo striker and Everton target Ilija Nestorovski.
  • Demarai Gray has held talks with Leicester over a possible transfer away from the club.
  • Leicester and Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, is hoping Italian side Roma return with a third bid after offers of £20m and £32m were rejected by the Foxes.
  • Arsene Wenger says players such as Sanchez and Ozil staying, despite entering the final 12 months of their contracts, is an “ideal” situation because everyone “has to perform”.
  • Arsenal and Tottenham have both sent scouts to watch Caen forward Yann Karamoh.
  • Tottenham are reportedly planning a swoop for Barcelona’s Andre Gomes after reports in Spain suggested they were planning to cash in on the Portugal midfielder.
  • Everton midfielder Ross Barkley will have to lower his wage demands to join Tottenham, who are not willing to pay the £120,000-a-week wages the 23-year-old England international turned down at Goodison Park.
  • However, new Barca boss Ernesto Valverde is keen to give Vermaelen more playing time this season, after being impressed by the Belgian in pre-season.
  • Everton are considering a move for West Ham and New Zealand centre-back Winston Reid, 29.
  • French left-back Massadio Haidara, 24, is the latest Newcastle player to be told to find a new club, and is in talks to join Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne.
  • Hearts are looking to sign Newcastle keeper Freddie Woodman, 20, on a season-long loan deal.
  • Watford have stepped up their chase for 27-year-old Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs, after West Brom withdrew their interest in the England defender.
  • Verona are considering an approach for Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson, who is wanted by clubs in Germany and Italy.
  • Sunderland will hold a minute’s applause in memory of Bradley Lowery before Friday’s opening Championship game against Derby.
  • The Black cats have confirmed they will discipline Darron Gibson following the midfielder’s explicit rant to a group of supporters.
  • American businessman Michael Eisner will complete his purchase of Portsmouth before the start of the EFL season.
  • The English Football League (EFL) is introducing the new ABBA format for penalty shoot-outs in its competitions during the 2017/18 season.

Phil Jones banned for abusing UEFA official, Manchester United and Danny Blind fined

Phil Jones has been banned for two matches and Daley Blind fined by UEFA after the Manchester United pair were found guilty of breaching the governing body’s doping regulations after the Europa League final in May.

There is no suggestion that either player was guilty of doping.

Jones was found to be verbally abusive toward a doping control officer after he was requested to attend drug-testing after the final in Stockholm on May 24, and will now miss the UEFA Super Cup match against Real Madrid next week and United’s first Champions League group stage match in September.

He has also been fined €5,000.

UEFA charged Blind with violation and non-compliance with Article 6.05, which states that “every player designated to undergo as doping control is personally responsible for reporting immediately to the doping control station as notified.”

United were fined €10,000 over the rule breaches. The club are reported to be aware of UEFA’s decisions, and have three days to appeal, though they have not yet indicated to UEFA whether they will.

Blind played the full 90 minutes against his old club Ajax, while Jones was an unused substitute in Sweden.

United manager Jose Mourinho’s defensive options in continental competition had already been depleted after UEFA gave Eric Bailly an additional two-match ban for his sending-off against Celta Vigo earlier in the Europa League campaign.

Bayern Munich appoint Hasan Salihamidzic as new sporting director

Bayern Munich have named former midfielder Hasan Salihamidzic as the club’s new sporting director.

The 40-year-old Bosnian’s appointment on a three-year deal was announced in a news conference on Monday.

Salihamidzic made over 350 appearances for Bayern during a nine-year spell between 1998 and 200 , winning six Bundesliga titles and one Champions League trophy.

The German champions have not had a sporting director since Matthias Sammer left the club last summer 2016.

Former club captains Philipp Lahm and Oliver Kahn had been among those linked with the role.

“When I was asked if I wanted to I knew immediately that I would,” said Salihamidzic. “When I was here as a player I always gave 100 per cent in every training session and every game, and I’ll do the same now as sporting director. I’ll be available for the players 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’m really looking forward to the task.”

“Hasan knows Bayern well, he was here as a player for several years,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “He’s a person I wouldn’t have liked to play against because he always worked hard and gave his all. He’s a very loyal and he speaks five languages, so he can speak to all of our players. He’ll be responsible for football and he’ll be the link between the coach and the team and the coach and the club.”

He had subsequent spells at Juventus and Wolfsburg before retiring as a professional in 2012. He has since worked as an ambassador for Bayern and travelled with the club on their recent trip to Asia as part of the Bundesliga World Tour 2017.

Manchester United sign Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m

Manchester United have completed the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea for £40m on a three-year deal.

Matic, 28, becomes United’s third summer buy, following £31m defender Victor Lindelof from Benfica and £75m striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton.

The defensive midfielder joins for a fee believed to be £40m and re-joins manager Jose Mourinho, who brought him back to Chelsea in January 2014.

Matic told the club’s website: “I am delighted to have joined Manchester United. To work with Jose Mourinho once again was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.

“I have enjoyed my time at Chelsea and would like to thank the club and the fans for their support. I cannot wait to meet my new team-mates and to start training with them. “This is a very exciting time for the club and I am looking forward to playing my part in creating more history for this great club.”

As well as winning the title with Mourinho two years ago, he also won another Premier League crown last season.

His departure this summer was made possible by the London club’s signing of Tiemoue Bakayoko from Monaco.

Mourinho said: “Nemanja is a Manchester United player and a Jose Mourinho player. He represents everything we want in a footballer; loyalty, consistency, ambition, team player.

“I would like to thank him for his desire to join us because without that, it would be impossible to have him here. I am sure our players and supporters will love him. A big welcome to our new number 31.”

The move ends Matic’s second spell at Chelsea. He first joined the Blues in 2009 but left the following year.

After making his name at Benfica, he was brought back to Stamford Bridge by Mourinho in a £21million deal in 2014.

The Serbian replaces Bastian Schweinsteiger in wearing the No 31 shirt for the coming campaign.

Matic could make his debut in Wednesday’s clash with Sampdoria in Dublin.

Emirates Cup: Arsenal win fifth Emirates Cup despite loss to Sevilla

Arsenal 1-2 Sevilla

Steven N’Zonzi’s curling long-range strike handed Sevilla a 2-1 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Cup on Sunday, taking the shine off Alexandre Lacazette’s first home goal for the Gunners.

N’Zonzi met a throw-in a few yards outside the area in the 69th minute and almost nonchalantly curled in a left-footed shot that went past the outstretched Petr Cech and inside the far post.

That quieted the Emirates crowd, which had come alive following Lacazette’s equaliser in the 62nd.

The club’s record signing, making his first start at the Emirates, made no mistake at the far post after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made a good raid down the flank to send in a low cross that found its way to the French striker.

It was the only highlight for Arsenal in this game as the Gunners’ intensity level was that of a typical preseason friendly.

Joaquin Correa had put Sevilla ahead four minutes into the second half by finishing off a well-worked move with a clinical finish past Cech.

Arsenal struggled to create chances throughout despite Arsene Wenger fielding a stronger lineup than the one that beat Benfica 5-2 on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil had a quiet game while Lacazette’s only other sniff at goal came from a layoff by Aaron Ramsey, but his first-time shot was easily saved by David Soria.

Benfica nearly went ahead in the 15th minute but Ben Yedder hit the post after being played clear on goal, while Hector Bellerin missed Arsenal’s best chance in the first half as he met a cross from Oxlade-Chamberlain by the far post but hit his volley well high.

Arsenal still ended up with the Emirates Cup trophy thanks to the tournament’s quirky rules, where each goal is worth one point in addition to the three points for a win.

Arsenal and Sevilla — who beat RB Leipzig 1-0 on Saturday — finished with nine points each and the same goal difference, handing the Gunners the trophy based on goals scored.

The performance itself wasn’t much to celebrate, though, leaving Wenger with plenty of selection problems still to sort out before the start of the season.

In the early game, Leipzig beat Benfica 2-0 thanks to goals from Marcel Halstenberg and Marvin Compper.

Arsenal: Cech, Koscielny, Elneny, Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Willock, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Welbeck, Lacazette

Sevilla: David Soria, Mercado, Pareja, Carriço, Escudero, N’Zonzi, Krohn-Dehli, Banega, Correa, Nolito, Ben Yedder

Emirates Cup Winners

2007 – Arsenal

2008 – Hamburg

2009 – Arsenal

2010 – Arsenal

2011 – New York Red Bull

2013 – Galatasaray

2014 – Valencia

2015 – Arsenal

2017 – Arsenal

Dominic Solanke impresses as Philippe Coutinho captained Liverpool beat Hertha Berlin

Liverpool 3-0 Hertha Berlin

Dominic Solanke scored his second goal of pre-season as Liverpool eased past Hertha Berlin 3-0 on Saturday.

The summer signing nodded the Reds in front in the 15th minute at the Olympiastadion, having been called into the starting XI as a late replacement after Divock Origi pulled out with a tight hamstring.

Solanke then played a part in setting up Georginio Wijnaldum to score the second, before Philippe Coutinho, named as captain for the day, lofted a ball over the top for Mo Salah to make it 3-0 after half-time.

The win continues Liverpool’s unbeaten pre-season campaign and should provide more optimism for the campaign ahead, with several new signings impressing in a good all-around display.

Perhaps with recent speculation over his future in mind, Jurgen Klopp handed the captain’s armband to Coutinho, with the Brazil international playing on the left of the front three in the first half.

Sadio Mane also started as he made his first appearance since suffering a knee injury in April.

Dani Alves score on debut as PSG beat Mobaco to win fifth straight Trophee des Champions

Monaco 1-2 PSG

Dani Alves had a dream competitive debut as Paris St Germain beat Monaco 2-1 to win French football’s Trophee des Champions curtain-raiser for the fifth successive year.

Djibril Sidibe had put Monaco ahead when he chipped keeper Alphonse Areola.

But Alves, who signed from Juventus on a free transfer earlier this month, netted a 51st-minute equaliser from a brilliant 35-yard free-kick.

The Brazilian, 34, then set up Adrien Rabiot to head home the winner for the Coupe de France winners.

Monaco pair Kylian Mbappe and Thomas Lemar, both strongly linked with moves away this summer, started for the Ligue 1 champions against the Coupe de France winners in the Moroccan city of Tangier.

Mbappé may still be a Monaco player but the departure of players such as Bernardo Silva, Tiémoué Bakayoko, Benjamin Mendy and Valère Germain has weakened the side.

The sides will next meet in Ligue 1 in Monaco’s Louis-II stadium on November 26.