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.
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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.

Theo Walcott bags brace as Arsenal thrash Benfica in the Emirates Cup

Arsenal 5-2 Benfica

Theo Walcott scored twice as Arsenal stepped up their preparations for the new season with a resounding 5-2 victory over Benfica in the Emirates Cup.

Having fallen behind to Franco Cervi’s strike, Walcott scored twice before a Lisandro Lopez own goal and efforts from Olivier Giroud and Alex Iwobi sealed a 5-2 win for the hosts.

The England forward said during pre-season that he welcomes the added competition up front following the arrival of club record signing Alexandre Lacazette.

In reality, the purchase of the France international means Walcott’s chances of playing as the Gunners’ out and out striker are severely reduced.

But he scored twice playing in a deeper role and, with the future of talisman Alexis Sanchez still up for debate, Walcott will have enjoyed taking centre-stage.

Benfica led when Jonas headed back to Cervi, whose low shot ricocheted off the feet of Per Mertesacker and beat David Ospina to open the scoring.

Arsenal were soon level with a goal that owed a lot to new recruit Sead Kolasinac.

The free signing from Schalke won the ball on the touchline and lofted a perfect pass for Walcott to finish comfortably past former QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar.

Kolasinac was again involved in Walcott’s second, rolling a pass to Francis Coquelin who then cut the ball in for the England forward to sweep home.

Benfica levelled courtesy of Salvio, whose shot hit Rob Holding on its way past Ospina.

Arsenal were back in front early in the second half as Benfica substitute Lisandro turned Walcott’s cross into his own goal.

Teenage wing-back Reiss Nelson impressed on Arsenal’s tour and was strong again here, crossing perfectly for Giroud to score the fourth.

Now fully in control, Iwobi hammered home the fifth after Kolasinac and Giroud combined to set him up.

Lacazette was given a rousing reception as he replaced Walcott or the final 15 minutes but the game petered out following a string of changes as Arsenal secured a comfortable victory.

Gerard Pique’s winner help Barcelona edge Real Madrid in Miami el clasico

Barcelona 3-2 Real Madrid

Gerard Pique hit the second-half winner as Barcelona made it three wins from three on their tour of the United States with a 3-2 El Clasico win over Real Madrid in Miami.

Ernesto Valverde’s men deserved victory in an open and entertaining friendly that could signal the end of Neymar’s career in a Barcelona shirt as Paris St Germain chase his signature.

Neymar, who appeared to be involved in a heated argument with new team-mate Nelson Semedo during a training session ahead of the game, made two of the Barcelona goals in an eye-catching display.

Lionel Messi’s deflected shot in the second minute put Barcelona ahead before just five minutes later they doubled their advantage when Neymar teed up Ivan Rakitic to rifle home.

But Madrid fought back and got themselves back into the game with Mateo Lovacic driving home from just outside the box in the 13th minute.

And they ensured they’d go into the interval on level terms with an equaliser 10 minutes before the half-time break. Marco Asensio applied the finishing touch to an impressive break from a Barcelona corner.

However, Barcelona re-took the lead just four minutes into the second half when Pique met Neymar’s free-kick with an acrobatic finish to convert what turned out to be the winner.

Jasper Cillessen then took centre stage as he denied Isco and Dani Ceballos to hand Madrid a third straight pre-season defeat.

I don’t care much about the defeat, it always hurts but right now it’s not the important thing,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane. “It’s pre-season. The results haven’t gone as hoped for but it will not change anything. The important thing is to be ready for Aug. 8 (when Madrid face Manchester United in the European Super Cup).”

Manchester City thrash Tottenham in ICC

Manchester City coasted to a 3-0 International Champions Cup victory over Tottenham in Nashville.

New signings Ederson, Danilo and Kyle Walker were all named in the City starting line-up but it was John Stones who opened the scoring 10 minutes into the game.

City should have been out of sight before the break as they created a string of chances, with Gabriel Jesus missing an open goal late in the half.

In the second half Sergio Aguero struck the post twice before Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz then added further goals in the second half to wrap up victory.

Sterling doubled the advantage with 16 minutes when he waltzed through an almost static Tottenham defence and turned the ball past Michel Vorm.

Victory was wrapped up in stoppage time when Tottenham failed to clear their lines after a series of shots were blocked and Diaz popped up to make it two goals from two games with a simple tap in.

Ivan Perisic strike as Inter Milan beat Chelsea to clinch ICC Singapore

Chelsea 1 – 2 Inter Milan

Luciano Spalletti’s Inter Milan defeated Antonio Conte’s Chelsea 2-1 to win the International Champions Cup Singapore tournament.

Ivan Perisic demonstrated what he can do against Premier League opposition by firing Inter Milan to a 2-1 friendly victory over Chelsea in Singapore.

The Croatian winger has been linked with Manchester United this summer although Inter boss Luciano Spalletti said in the build-up to this pre-season clash he would “strongly oppose” any sale.

Nerazzurri players scored all three goals at the National Stadium, with former Manchester City forward Stevan Jovetic converting a penalty in first-half stoppage time to give the Italians the lead.

Perisic, who notched 11 times in Serie A last season, made it 2-0 with a stunning angled drive shortly after the restart and substitute Geoffrey Kondogbia ensured the tie was memorable by providing a comical own goal.

Somehow the French midfielder managed to lob Inter goalkeeper Daniele Padelli from 40 yards with an overcooked back-pass. It was not, however, enough to save Chelsea from back-to-back defeats.

Mikel Morino joins Newcastle United on a season-long loan from Borussia Dortmund

Newcastle have signed Spain Under-21 international Mikel Merino from Borussia Dortmund on a season-long loan.

Midfielder Merino, 21, who made nine appearances for Dortmund last season, becomes Newcastle’s fifth new signing since they won promotion back to the Premier League.

“Mikel is a midfielder with talent, an under-21 international for Spain. He’s a good size, has quality on the ball and he’s very, very focused and professional,” Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez told the club’s website.

Merino joined Dortmund at the end of the 2015/16 season from hometown club Osasuna, for whom he made more than 60 appearances.

He featured in nine games for Bundesliga side Dortmund last season and was in Spain’s Under-21s squad during last month’s European Championships in Poland.

“Hopefully he’s the kind of player we can improve a lot – he certainly has the mentality to get better and better,” Benitez said.

Merino said he had considered other offers before deciding to team up with fellow Spaniard Benitez.

“I know it’s a great club and a really nice city,” he said.

“I had different options but I think this is the right place for me to play.

“It feels good and I’m very happy to be here, to be part of this club.

“I’m looking forward to touching the ball, meeting my new team-mates and starting to play football.”

Newcastle have also signed Christian Atsu, Florian Lejeune, Jacob Murphy and Javier Manquillo after securing the Sky Bet Championship title and automatic promotion to the top flight in May.

Middlesbrough sign West Ham striker Ashley Fletcher on a four-year deal

Middlesbrough have confirmed the £6.5million signing of Ashley Fletcher from West Ham.

The 21-year-old striker has agreed a four-year contract to become big-spending Boro’s seventh new signing this summer.

Fletcher joined West Ham from Manchester United last year but started just two Premier League matches, and has been pushed further down the pecking order by the arrival of Javier Hernandez.

Hammers manager Slaven Bilic told the club website: “We got a fantastic offer for Ashley and ideally I wanted to help him with a different kind of scenario, but at the end of the day the offer was so good for the club and for him personally.

“I spoke to him on Wednesday night and I told him to be proud of the step that he made since coming to West Ham last year to being a player that a lot of clubs from the Championship are asking for.

“To make such a big step is a big bonus for him and a big thing for him. He’s very young, very promising, a great lad and a great trainer, so he can improve a lot.”

Fletcher is the second player to sign for Middlesbrough from West Ham in the last seven days, joining goalkeeper Darren Randolph at the Riverside.

Relegated Boro have also brought in Britt Assombalonga – for a club-record fee of £15million – Martin Braithwaite, Cyrus Christie and Jonny Howson on permanent deals, and Connor Roberts on loan from Swansea, as they bid to bounce back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Latest Football News

  • Bayern Munich president Karl Heinz Rummenigge has revealed there are numerous clubs interested in midfielder Renato Sanches, including Chelsea.
  • Inter have made Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal their number one transfer target and are preparing a bid of €50m.
  • Bayern Munich claim there is no way that Manchester United target Arturo Vidal is moving.
  • Alexis Sanchez has taken to social media to claim he is “sick”, two days before he is scheduled to return to Arsenal training.

  • Arsenal are keeping tabs on Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto.
  • Monaco have rejected Arsenal’s third offer of €50 million for Thomas Lemar, but the winger’s sale hasn’t been completely excluded.
  • Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has reportedly suggested that his club sign Tottenham ace Dele Alli instead of Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
  • Barcelona won’t negotiate over Neymar. They will only let the Paris Saint-Germain transfer target leave for his €222m buyout clause.

  • Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has been identified as a potential new signing for Barcelona should they lose Neymar to the Ligue 1 side.
  • Barcelona have cancelled a promotional event in China because forward Neymar, 25, is instead “busy dealing with his transfer”.
  • A source close to Neymar has told ESPN FC that the Barcelona forward never had a promotional event organised with Chinese travel agency Ctrip, but is still set to travel to China after Saturday’s Clasico in Miami.
  • Paris Saint-Germain will have “done their sums well” to ensure a potential world-record move for Neymar keeps them within financial fair play regulations, UEFA’s FFP head has told L’Equipe.

  • Speculation linking Gareth Bale with a move away from Real Madrid is “ridiculous”, according to the Wales forward’s agent.
  • Chelsea are readying a world-record bid for Juventus defender Alex Sandro.
  • The Blues are preparing to spend £50 million to sign Ross Barkley and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Real Madrid winger Lucas Vazquez.
  • Deportivo La Coruna have made an offer to re-sign Arsenal striker Lucas Perez, says the Spaniard’s agent.

  • Olivier Giroud is still a Marseille transfer target as the French side look for a new No.9.
  • RB Leipzig director of sports Ralf Rangnick is insistent Liverpool transfer target Naby Keita will not be sold this summer.
  • The agent of French midfielder Blaise Matuidi has flown to the US to talk with Juventus exceutives about a summer move to Turin.
  • Juve’s Argentine star Paulo Dybala has refused to rule out a summer switch to Barcelona.
  • The 23-year-old was asked after Thursday’s ICC win over Paris Saint-Germain to give an update to which he explained that “It was up to the club to make the decision”.
  • Shanghai SIPG technical director Mads Davidsen says Bayern Munich veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are too old for the Chinese Super League.
  • Inter have joined Juventus in the hunt for Joao Cancelo.
  • Juve have also prepared a €15million offer for Lazio forward Keita Balde.
  • Juventus have also made enquiries for Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.
  • Fiorentina’s president has revealed that Nikola Kalinic has requested a move to AC Milan.
  • Super-agent Mino Raiola looks set to take over the affairs of Napoli full-back Faouzi Ghoulam.
  • Valencia are interested in Inter Milan defender Jeison Murillo.
  • Liverpool ended their interest in RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita after their second bid was rejected.
  • Schalke’s Leon Goretzka has been touted as a possible alternative if Liverpool fail to sign RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita.

  • Amiens striker Aboubakar Kamara has undergone a medical ahead of a proposed move to Fulham.
  • Jaap Stam is looking to bolster Reading’s forward options ahead of the new season, and is targeting both Fulham’s Sone Aluko and Huddersfield Town’s Nahki Wells.
  • West Ham are adamant they will strongly resist any interest from Liverpool for their playmaker Manuel Lanzini, who is being considered to replace Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho.
  • Manchester United academy coaches are taking another look at Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli. The 16-year-old forward has returned to Carrington as part of an on-going trial from San Paulo-based side Ituano and played for a United youth XI against Lincoln City on Wednesday.
  • Chapecoense air tragedy survivor Alan Ruschel played his first match since the accident last year, seeing 40 minutes of second-half action in a friendly against Ypiranga.

  • Newcastle United have agreed personal terms with Benfica’s Greece midfielder Andreas Samaris, 28, who almost joined rivals Sunderland during the January transfer window.
  • Celtic have been fined €23,000 (£20,615) after an “illicit banner” was displayed during last week’s Champions League qualifying win over Linfield.

  • Bristol City have signed Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

  • Leeds striker Lee Erwin has completed a permanent move to Kilmarnock, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.
  • Javier Hernandez has revealed he turned down offers from Spain and Italy to return to “the best league in the world”.
  • Joey Barton not permitted to play in Grenfell Tower fundraising game.
  • An investigation into an “unprovoked attack” on England footballer Ross Barkley has been dropped, police said.

Neymar storms out of Barcelona after Nelson Semedo bust-up

Neymar has been involved in a training ground bust-up with a team-mate as rumours about his future at Barcelona continue to swirl.

The Brazil international clashed with new signing Nelson Semedo before angrily walking away from the session in Miami, where Barca are preparing for Saturday’s International Champions Cup clash with Real Madrid.

Video footage taken at the camp shows Neymar squaring up to full-back Semedo before the pair are separated by team-mates including Javier Mascherano and Sergio Busquets.

The 25-year-old then throws his bib to the ground before furiously kicking a ball against the crossbar of a training goal as he strides off the pitch.

The forward headed out to the car park before leaving the session entirely, according to reports.

Neymar has been in fine form during Barca’s pre-season tour of the United States but the latest incident is likely to increase speculation that he will move to Paris Saint-Germain.

The Ligue 1 club are reportedly ready to smash the world transfer record by activating the player’s €222m release clause.

A Chinese travel company confirmed on Friday that a planned fan event with Neymar in Shanghai had been cancelled due to the player and his entourage having to sort “transfer issues”.

Neymar is said to be interested in the move to PSG, having grown unsettled in Catalonia and eager to escape the shadow of illustrious team-mate Lionel Messi at Camp Nou.

Messi and Luis Suarez are reported to have spoken directly to the player to persuade him to stay, while Gerard Pique and Ivan Rakitic have publicly urged him to turn down any offer from the Ligue 1 giants.

However, Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu admitted this week that Neymar’s future would be out of the club’s hands if his buy-out clause were met.

Radja Nainggolan signs new four-year deal at Roma

Reported Chelsea and Manchester United target Radja Nainggolan has signed a new four-year contract with Roma.

The 29-year-old Belgian, who had been linked with a move to the Premier League, has committed to the Serie A club until June 30, 2021.

On Thursday he told asroma.com: “I’ve shown that I always wanted to do this. I’m happy to be here.”

Nainggolan moved to the Stadio Olimpico from Cagliari in January 2014 and has since made 161 appearances for the Giallorossi, scoring 27 goals.

“We are happy that Radja has agreed to spend the most important phase of his career with us,” said Roma president Jim Pallotta.

“Last season he proved he was one of the best midfielders in the world and so it was no surprise he was linked with some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

“But there was never any chance he was going elsewhere, he loves Roma and we’re happy to have him here.”

Latest Football News

  • Mourinho: “I almost had to beg Real Madrid to let me go”.
  • Barcelona could offer Ivan Rakitic to Liverpool as part of their next bid for Philippe Coutinho.

  • Meanwhile, Liverpool have put a €150m price tag on Coutinho. Sunderland have signed Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
  • AC Milan chairman Marco Fassone has revealed that he has spoken with Diego Costa’s agent Jorge Mendes.
  • Diego Costa has taken pre-season training into his own hands with a training session on a Brazilian beach.
  • Alexis Sanchez will start pre-season training with Arsenal on Sunday, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
  • Arsenal are to miss out on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, with Galatasaray set to complete a deal
  • Meanwhile, Gareth Bale has rejected a possible move to Arsenal. The Gunners wanted the Wales international to replace Alexis Sanchez.

  • Manchester United have interest in Anderlecht star Leander Dendoncker.
  • Inter Milan are reportedly preparing a €50million mega offer for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.
  • AC Milan are readying an offer for Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo.
  • Genoa wide man Diego Laxalt is ready to snub a move to Torino as he waits for a possible Liverpool move.
  • Paris St-Germain remain confident of concluding a £198m deal to sign Barcelona’s 25-year-old forward Neymar within the next 15 days.

  • A member of the Qatar Football Federation claims Paris Saint-Germain have signed Neymar.
  • Barcelona have not yet ended their pursuit of the in-demand Monaco youngster Mbappe.

  • Sevilla have given an ultimatum to Jesus Navas over a possible return to the club.
  • PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is closing in on a move to Juventus.
  • Milan could be about to add to their squad for next season with reports suggesting that striker Anwar El Ghazi could be the latest arrival.
  • Lazio may be ready to give a Serie A lifeline to Uruguayan defender Martin Caceres.
  • Lazio have rejected Juventus’ opening offer for striker Keita Balde.
  • Inter Milan are eyeing a move for Toulouse defender Issa Diop, but the Ligue 1 club are resisting.
  • Juventus are making move to sign Kostas Manolas from rivals Roma just 12 months after convincing Miralem Pjanic to swap Rome for Turin. They view him as an ideal replacement for Leonardo Bonucci.
  • Despite near constant links with Manchester United, Ivan Perisic will be offered a new deal to remain with Inter, with the Serie A club looking to make him a star.
  • Jose Mourinho has given the clearest indication yet that Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, will re-sign for the club.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been depicted on a 1,000 kroner note by a Swedish artist. “You have Benjamin Franklin and you have me,” the striker wrote on Instagram.
  • Arsenal are to miss out on the signing of Barcelona midfielder Arda Turan, with Galatasaray set to complete a deal.
  • Jack Wilshere, 25, wants to stay in England if he leaves Arsenal.

  • Antonio Conte has reiterated his stance that Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino is under the least pressure of all Chelsea’s Premier League title contenders to succeed.
  • Conte says if he could buy any striker in the world, he would go for Tottenham’s 23-year-old forward Harry Kane.
  • Chelsea want to borrow £500m to fund the building of their new stadium, rather than relying on the cash reserves of owner Roman Abramovich.
  • The Blues are in talks with interested parties over a naming rights deal for their new stadium, but the club insist the name Stamford Bridge will be preserved in some way.
  • Chelsea failed in a late bid to buy Kyle Walker, 27, from Tottenham. The England right-back moved to Manchester City for an initial £45m.
  • Slaven Bilic has revealed how a phone call two years ago impacted Javier Hernandez’s transfer to West Ham this summer.
  • Middlesbrough have made a £7m bid for West Ham’s 21-year-old striker Ashley Fletcher.
  • Bilic has admitted West Ham couldn’t turn down Middlesbrough’s “fantastic” offer for West Ham striker Fletcher.
  • Chicago Fire midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger will captain the MLS All-Star side that takes on Real Madrid after winning a fans’ vote.
  • Schweinsteiger, 32, will line up alongside Tim Howard, Michael Bradley, Kaka, David Villa and others to face European champions Real on Aug. 2.
  • Joey Barton’s 18-month ban for breaching FA betting rules has been reduced to 13 months and one week on appeal.
  • Swansea City are tracking Leeds United striker Chris Wood, but face competition from two other Premier League clubs for the 25-year-old New Zealand international.
  • Watford striker Obbi Oulare, 21, is set for a loan move to Belgian club Royal Antwerp.
  • Huddersfield Town head coach David Wagner says the club will listen to offers for 27-year-old Bermuda striker Nahki Wells.

Jamaican Michael Hector joins Hull City on loan from Chelsea

Chelsea defender Michael Hector has joined Hull City on a season-long loan, the 14th loan spell of his career.

The 25-year-old joined the Blues from Reading in August 2015 but has yet to make his debut for the Premier League champions.

He was loaned back to the Royals in 2015-16 before spending last season with German side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Hector has also had spells with five non-league sides, as well as spells in Republic of Ireland and Scotland.

The Jamaica international has played for Bracknell Town, Didcot Town, Havant and Waterlooville, Oxford City, Horsham, Dundalk, Barnet, Shrewsbury, Aldershot, Cheltenham, Aberdeen, Reading and Frankfurt.

He could make his Tigers debut against Aston Villa on Saturday, 6 August.

Jordan Morris strike enough as USA beat Jamaica to win Gold Cup

Jordan Morris scored in the 88th minute to give United States a 2-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup final on Wednesday night.

The win marks the sixth time that United States has won the Gold Cup, trailing only Mexico’s seven titles in the CONCACAF competition.

The game started slowly but things began to heat up when a 20th minute Jozy Altidore shot was blocked by Jamaica’s Andre Blake, who was injured while smothering the rebound attempt by Kellyn Acosta.

Blake — Jamaica’s star performer throughout its run to the Cold Cup final — was on the ground for five minutes before being replaced by backup goalkeeper Dwayne Miller.

And Altidore scored the opener for the U.S. just before half-time, curling a lovely free kick around the Jamaica wall and off the fingertips of Miller to put the U.S. up 1-0 at the break.

Jamaica got off to the perfect start in the second half when Je-Vaughn Watson beat Jordan Morris to a Kemar Lawrence corner kick at the back post to level the score at 1-1.

Chasing a goal, Bruce Arena brought Clint Dempsey on in the 55th minute and the Seattle Sounders forward rattled the post soon after before nearly scoring on a header that Miller did well to collect.

With time running out, a Gyasi Zardes cross fell to Morris and he smashed home his shot from 12 yards away to give the Americans the win.

The U.S. extended its unbeaten streak to 14 games (9-0-5) under Bruce Arena, who became the first coach to win three Gold Cup titles.

U.S. captain Michael Bradley earned the Golden Ball at the tournament’s top player.

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas signs new four-year deal but rejoins Fulham on a season-long loan deal

Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas has signed a new four-year deal with the Premier League club and rejoined Championship side Fulham on a season-long loan deal.

Kalas made 40 appearances on loan at Craven Cottage last season.

The 24-year-old, capped seven times by the Czech Republic, has featured only four times for Chelsea since signing from Sigma Olomouc in July 2010.

“We appreciate Tomas so much after the way that he battled for us last season,” said vice chairman Tony Khan.

Former USA and Swansea manager Bob Bradley appointed manager of LAFC

Expansion club Los Angeles Football Club has appointed Bob Bradley as its first ever manager ahead of the side’s first season in Major League Soccer in 2018, the league confirmed on Thursday.

News of Bradley’s hire broke on Thursday afternoon, when it was first reported by Goal.

It will be Bradley’s first time in MLS since 2006, when he was in charge of now-defunct Chivas USA.

The 59-year-old left the club for the U.S. national team in 2006, a position he held until 2011. Bradley returns to MLS after a six-year stint overseas, most recently with Swansea City.

The New Jersey native spent less than three months in South Wales before being sacked, earning five points in his 11 matches in charge of the Swans.

Prior to his Premier League stint, Bradley narrowly missed out on promotion to Ligue 1 in his 11-month tenure at French second-division Le Havre, and oversaw Norwegian club Stabaek qualify for the Europa League in his two seasons in Baerum.

He also managed the Egyptian national team from 2011 to 2013.

Bradley’s success in MLS dates back to his time in charge of the Chicago Fire, with whom he won an MLS Cup and U.S. Open Cup double in 1998, and picked up a second Open Cup in 2000.

Sigi Schmid replaces sacked Curt Onalfo as coach of LA Galaxy

LA Galaxy have sacked head coach Curt Onalfo with immediate effect, and have replaced him with former LA coach Sigi Schmid, the club confirmed on Thursday.

Onalfo has overseen a dismal run of form as the club sit ninth in the Western Conference on a five-game losing streak with the news of his sacking first reported by the LA Times.

Schmid will sign a contract through to the end of 2018 and will take his first training session on Thursday.

Schmid, who was fired by Seattle Sounders months before they won the MLS Cup under Brian Schmetzer, took charge of the Galaxy for five years from 1999-2004 and won the MLS Cup in 2002.

He has also won the MLS Coach of the Year Award twice, first in 1999 and then again in 2008 when he won the MLS Supporters’ Shield/Cup double with Columbus Crew.

Schmid also won the MLS Supporters’ Shield and four U.S. Open cups with Seattle before he was fired. Onalfo’s assistant Ante Razov will remain with the club but in a different role.

Eder’s brace help Inter Milan sink Bayern Munich

Inter Milan striker Eder scored an early brace to secure a 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the International Champions Cup (ICC) in Singapore.

Bayern had caught Chelsea cold on Tuesday when three strikes in the first 30 minutes set the Germans up for a 3-2 win, but this time it was the Bundesliga champions who were caught cold as some sluggish defending allowed Eder to net twice in the first half-hour.

Ivan Perisic showed flashes of the form that has attracted the attention of Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho as Inter warmed up for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea with a positive result.

Franck Ribery provided the first moment of magic in the sixth minute when he cut inside from the left and fired in a powerful shot that Samir Handanovic did well to push over.

But Inter responded by taking an eighth-minute lead. Antonio Candreva broke down the right and swung in a tantalising low cross. Eder got in front of Bayern defender Felix Gotze, and the ball bounced perfectly for him to stoop and send a header into the top corner of the net from 10 yards.

Perisic then did a little showboating with a few stepovers, much to the delight of the crowd, demonstrating the confidence the goal had given the Italian side.

Inter added a second goal in the 30th minute when the Bayern defence were again caught napping. Perisic found time and space on the left to deliver an excellent cross, and the Bayern defence allowed Eder a free run into the box.

The Italy international took advantage by heading past Sven Ulreich. Things down got worse for the German champions as their most lively player, Ribery, went off injured and was replaced by Milos Pantovic.

It was a much-changed Bayern side that appeared for the second half.

Thomas Muller replaced James Rodriguez as a total of four substitutions were made. There was almost an immediate impact as Robert Lewandowski volleyed narrowly over in the first minute of the second period.

But Perisic again caused Bayern trouble with a surging run down the left that took him clear of the Bayern defence, but none of his teammates could keep up and he had no support before being upended by Niklas Dorsch.

An edge was creeping into the game and Borja Valero was unhappy when Lewandowski fended off his attentions with an elbow.

And a yellow card was finally produced when Gotz’s cynical foul on Gabriel Barbosa pushed the referee’s patience too far.

Inter made three substitutions in the 65th minute as the game began to slow down. Kingsley Coman and Renato Sanches made some encouraging runs without reward as Inter put more men behind the ball.

The closest thing to a goal in the closing stages came from Inter’s own player as Joao Miranda’s attempted clearance was headed straight for the Inter net until Handanovic pushed the ball wide with a reflex save.

Some more determined defending kept Bayern at bay and ensured that the Germans were unable to score against either of the Milan sides in the ICC, having been beaten 4-0 by AC Milan in China on Saturday.

The tournament concludes on Saturday when Inter take on Chelsea, who lost 3-2 to Bayern on Tuesday, at the same venue.

Lewis Grabban leaves Bournemouth for season-long loan at Sunderland

Lewis Grabban has completed his season-long loan to Sunderland from Bournemouth.

The striker, who has scored 36 goals during two spells at the Vitality Stadium, underwent his medicalon Wearside on Wednesday afternoon.

Grabban becomes Simon Grayson’s fifth summer signing and boasts experience of playing in both the Premier League and the Sky Bet Championship.

He admitted that the manager played a pivotal role in his decision to join the club. “I’m happy to have everything sorted and I’m looking forward to the season,” Grabban told the club’s official website.

“The size of the club and its history attracted me, as well the manager.”

He added: “I’ve had passings with him during his time at Leeds and also last season when he was at Preston. He told me what he wanted and what his ambitions were, and that’s why I’m here. It’s a good opportunity for me and hopefully I can do something special.”

Latest Football News

  • AC Milan have reportedly met with ‘super agent’ Jorge Mendes to discuss three players – Renato Sanches, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao.
  • Manchester United target Renato Sanches has revealed that he is open to a Bayern Munich exit, but hinted AC Milan will be his destination.
  • Pep Guardiola insists “anything can happen” in the race for Kylian Mbappe and backs Manchester City to compete with Real Madrid.
  • City are trying to beat Real Madrid to the signing of 18-year-old Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
  • Alternatively, Man City have never bid for Kylian Mbappe and have no interest in challenging Real Madrid for the France striker.

  • Real Madrid and Monaco have agreed a fee for Mbappe, but it’s more than was reported on Tuesday with the deal broken down to €180m plus €20m in bonuses. There is also a suggestion Manchester City have made a €180m bid.
  • Should Mbappe arrive at the Bernabeu this summer, there are suggestions Manchester United will make another move for Gareth Bale.
  • To sign Neymar, Paris Saint-Germain must reduce their wage bill by more than €30m, which could see up to six players leaving the French capital. Angel Di Maria, reported Arsenal target Lucas Moura, Hatem Ben Arfa, Jese Rodriguez, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Serge Aurier are the candidates to move on.
  • After signing Dani Alves, Neymar has reportedly asked PSG to sign Philippe Coutinho, Alexis Sanchez, another player of similar quality and keep Lucas Moura.
  • Gerard Pique has admitted in a press conference the picture he posted on Instagram, announcing Neymar was staying at Barcelona, wasn’t official confirmation.
  • Arsenal are finally set to sign 21-year-old Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar in a £45m deal.
  • But, Monaco have confirmed they are in talks to extend Kylian Mbappe’s contract and insist Thomas Lemar is staying at the club.
  • Barcelona have agreed a deal with Liverpool midfielder Coutinho.

  • Liverpool’s summer pursuit of Naby Keita could come to fruition after all with news that the players current employers RB Leipzig, are set for a dramatic U-turn and will allow the player to go to Anfield after all.
  • Virgil van Dijk should “respect” his Southampton contract amid ongoing transfer speculation surrounding the defender, according to Nigel Adkins.

  • Nice president Jean-Pierre Rivere has revealed that Liverpool target Dalbert will only be allowed to leave for his release clause price of €30million.
  • Sadio Mane and Danny Ings have been included in Jurgen Klopp’s 30-man Liverpool squad for their pre-season tour of Germany.
  • Lazar Markovic has been left out of Liverpool’s squad for friendlies in Germany after holding talks with Fiorentina.
  • Fenerbahce have reportedly named their asking price for defender Simon Kjaer, £17.5million.

  • Manchester United are looking to sign Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig for €50m if their move for Ivan Perisic fails.

  • Inter continue their pursuit of Czech striker Patrik Schick.
  • Juventus have now made PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi there top summer priority.
  • Rennes are close to sealing a €17m move for former Newcastle United transfer target Ismaila Sarr this week.
  • Jean Michael Seri has again been linked with Arsenal. He is rated at €40m.
  • Roma sporting director Monchi has made new contact with Leicester City over Algerian play-maker Riyad Mahrez.
  • Roma president James Pallotta has also stated that central defender Kostas Manolas will not be leaving the club this summer.
  • LA Galaxy and Villarreal have agreed to a fee of $5 million for the transfer of Jonathan Dos Santos that will see the Mexico international swap La Liga for Major League Soccer.
  • Tottenham Hotspur are ready to make Benfica midfielder Ljubomir Fejsa their first signing of the summer.
  • Spurs are considering a move for Hoffenheim defender Jeremy Toljan, 22, after talks stalled with Porto over full-back Ricardo Pereira, 23.
  • Stoke will be busy in the transfer market over the next few weeks but are not expected to move for Arsenal’s 23-year-old winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
  • Antonio Conte is set to continue his summer spending at Chelsea and is targeting Everton midfielder Tom Davies.
  • Ronald Koeman says he expects Ross Barkley to leave Everton despite a lack of offers for the midfielder.
  • Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mikel Merino is undergoing a medical in the north east ahead of a move to Newcastle.
  • Sampdoria have halted their interest in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere due to his wage demands.
  • New signing Danilo has admitted it wasn’t difficult to decide between Man City and Chelsea this summer. Los Blancos coach Zinedine Zidane tried to convince him to stay at Real, but the Brazilian had already made his mind up to move. He made his decision because he believes City have a chance to win the Champions League.
  • James Rodriguez is doing his best to win over Bayern Munich fans, telling them he didn’t hesitate to move to Germany and that Bayern are as big a club as Real. “I saw the team and I thought, ‘there are as many stars here as in Madrid, the quality is similar’.”
  • Premier League newcomers Huddersfield Town have made an enquiry for Nuremberg’s Moroccan midfielder Abdelhamid Sabiri, 20.
  • Sports Direct boss Mike Ashley has won a High Court battle with an investment banker over a £15m deal allegedly made in a pub.
  • Barcelona forward Neymar spent more than £14,000 on trainers in one shopping trip… after saying meeting Michael Jordan was “one of the happiest moments” of his life.
  • Former Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny showed off his vocal skills at his Juventus initiation by belting out Justin Bieber’s Love Yourself.
  • Players at all grassroots levels will receive five-year bans if they assault referees under new Football Association laws.

Jose Mourinho regrets Javier Hernandez sale

Jose Mourinho admits he regrets Manchester United’s decision to sell Javier Hernandez – but insists they were right to not try and re-sign him this summer.

Hernandez belongs to a pool of three players which Mourinho once said United were wrong to sell – Angel Di Maria and Danny Welbeck are the others – and he says in Hernandez he was the kind of “killer” striker United would have loved last season.

Two years after Van Gaal allowed the Mexico international to leave for Bayer Leverkusen, he is back in the Premier League and could be lining up against United for West Ham on the opening day.

Asked if he was tempted to bring Hernandez back to the club, Mourinho said: “No, because he left the club a few years ago. I am not sure that it was his decision or the manager’s decision.

“But he’s a good player, he’s a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn’t need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.

“But we moved in another direction and a younger player in [Romelu] Lukaku. We have (Marcus) Rashford that can be also a striker, he is originally a striker, so we didn’t feel that need.

“But no doubt that for West Ham to get a player with his experience and his quality is very, very good.”

Roma edge Tottenham in New Jersey

Tottenham 2-3 Roma

Roma came out 3-2 winners against Tottenham in the ICC after a frantic finale in New Jersey in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

A Diego Perotti penalty on 13 minutes handed Roma the early lead after Cameron Carter-Vickers had handballed, before Spurs were denied a clear penalty of their own when Tottenham old boy Federico Fazio appeared to foul Harry Kane in the second half.

Kane then went close from an angle having been put through on goal shortly, before Cengiz Under slotted home for 2-0 in the 70th minute to make it 2-0 to the Serie A side.

But Tottenham produced a brave fightback with Harry Winks (87) and Vincent Jansson (90 1) looking to have earned Mauricio Pochettino’s side a point.

Winks’ goal came after the young midfielder managed to squeeze the ball home from a tight angle three yards out after Janssen’s poked effort had come off the post.

But Janssen wasn’t to be denied and he scored an excellent equaliser with a fine near-post finish following Kevin N’Koudou’s cross from the right.

However, all their hard work was undone when Roma raced up the other end and won it just a minute later, as Marco Tumminello turned home from close range from Kevin Strootman’s cross.

Oliver Norwood joins Fulham on a season-long loan from Brighton

Fulham have announced the signing of Brighton midfielder Oliver Norwood on a season-long loan deal.

The Northern Ireland international made 33 appearances as the Seagulls won promotion to the Premier League last season.

The 26-year-old, also formerly of Huddersfield and Reading, told Fulham’s official website: “I’m just delighted to be here.

“Having played Fulham the last two seasons, the football they have played, it suits my style and suits the way I like to play football.

“Once I knew of the interest I was desperate to get it done and I am very happy to be here.”

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: “Ollie made a key contribution towards last season’s success and this is a good move for all three parties involved. It gives Ollie the opportunity to play regular football. “Fulham are getting an excellent midfield player, and we’ll monitor his progress throughout the season.”

Burnley sign Stoke City defender Phil Bardsley on a two-year deal

Burnley have signed defender Phil Bardsley from Stoke for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £1.5m.

The 32-year-old has put pen to paper on a two-year contract and becomes the fourth new arrival for the Clarets this summer, following former Stoke team-mate Jonathan Walters to Turf Moor.

The moves means a return to the club where Bardsley spent a month on loan in the Championship in 2006.

He told Clarets Player HD: “I’ve had different spells and different clubs since then and I’m delighted to be back. “It’s a club that’s going in the right direction with a fantastic manager and a great group of players which I’m looking forward to being part of.

“It’s a well-knitted group which did fantastically well last year and hopefully I can bring something to the squad.

“There’s still fire in the belly to achieve things in football and what a great chance. Coming back here and playing again at Turf Moor is going to be a great challenge and one I’m looking forward to.

“All the fundamentals are here, with the new training ground, the manager looking to kick on with the club and the players he’s brought in are very good players.

“I played with Jonny Walters and the brief chat I had with him, he couldn’t speak highly enough of the place. I didn’t need much convincing, but it’s always nice to get re-assurances from people like Jon.

“He says he’s loving it and the same as me, I just can’t wait to get going.”

Bardsley began his career alongside current Burnley captain Tom Heaton at Manchester United and made 18 first-team appearances for the Old Trafford club.

He has also played in the Premier League with Sunderland and Stoke, where he signed a new 12-month contract earlier this summer.

Thirteen Chinese Super League clubs face ban over debt and unpaid salaries

Thirteen Chinese Super League clubs have been told to clear debts or face a ban from the competition next season.

The Chinese Football Association (CFA) wrote to all but three of the country’s 16 top-flight clubs, as well as five lower-league teams.

The CFA claimed the clubs had outstanding debts on player transfers, salaries or bonuses.

Many of the teams deny the claims, including Shanghai SIPG, who paid £60m for Brazil midfielder Oscar in January.

The CFA’s letter follows a similar move by the Asian Football Confederation, which wrote to the CFA on 11 July stating that clubs had until 31 August to clear all outstanding payments or face exclusion from next year’s Asian Champions League.

Guangzhou Evergrande, two-time winners of the Asian Champions League, were among the clubs contacted, the CFA said.

In a statement on social media, Shanghai SIPG said they had “fully paid all of the arrears last October” and had “submitted its evidence to the CFA”.

Jiangsu Suning, Shandong Luneng and Beijing Guoan issued similar statements while Shanghai Shenhua, who signed Carlos Tevez for a reported £40m in December, said they were investigating and would finalise outstanding payments as soon as possible.

Chinese football authorities have sought to crack down on spending, with new regulations put in place that mean loss-making clubs are hit with a 100% tax on signing players from overseas,effectively doubling transfer fees.

The CFA has also reduced the number of overseas playerspermitted in matchday squads.