Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain undergoes Liverpool medical ahead of £35m move from Arsenal

Liverpool have agreed a fee in the region of £35m for Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The 24-year-old is set to join Liverpool on a six-year deal after the two clubs came to an agreement on Wednesday evening, although Oxlade-Chamberlain is yet to agree personal terms with the Reds.

Liverpool will pay an initial fee of £35m for Oxlade-Chamberlain which could rise to £40m depending on add-ons.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has undergone a medical at St George’s Park tonight ahead of a £35m move.

The 24-year-old is currently with the England setup hence the location of his medical after the clubs reached an agreement on Wednesday afternoon.

His move to Merseyside will end a Liverpool chase for his signature which began six years ago, when Oxlade-Chamberlain was still at Southampton.

Liverpool’s ex-captain Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher met Oxlade-Chamberlain and his father Mark at Melwood in 2011 in an effort to convince him to move north. Instead, he chose Arsenal, who he joined for £15m that summer.

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Arsenal reject £50m bid from Manchester City for Alexis Sanchez

Arsenal have rejected a £50m bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City for forward Alexis Sanchez.

The Gunners have rebuffed all approaches for Sanchez, and would like City’s Raheem Sterling as part of any deal before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Raheem Sterling is reportedly keen on a move to Arsenal from Manchester City.

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain rejects €40m Chelsea move, eyes Liverpool

Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea after the Premier League clubs agreed a £40m fee.

Oxlade-Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain is reportedly waiting on Liverpool to return with an improved offer after Arsenal rejected their opening bid of around £30million for the England star.

The Reds are hoping to wrap up a deal for the 24-year-old for less than the £40m the Gunners agreed with Chelsea for the sale of the midfielder.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is in the final 12 months of his Arsenal contract and there have been no suggestions he is going to commit his future to the Gunners.

Should Arsenal not sell the player this summer, they run the risk of losing for nothing upon the expiration of his contract.

West Brom sign Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal

West Brom have signed left-back Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal on a four-year dealfor a fee in the region of £7m.

The 27-year-old will wear the No 3 shirt, and becomes the Baggies’ latest summer recruit and follow Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi, Gareth Barry, Yuning Zhang and Oliver Burke to the club.

Gibbs made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, but despite his early potential struggled to retain a regular place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI and he is expected to be the first of several departures from the Emirates before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

“I watched the boys in the first few games of the season and they’ve got a lot of energy,” Gibbs told West Brom’s official website. “They’ve made some good signings and I feel this is a good move for me.”

“Firstly, I would like to say how delighted I am to sign for West Brom.
“It has been an amazing journey to play for my childhood club since I was 14. I would like to thank Arsene Wenger for giving me the chance to start my career and fulfil a dream!
“Thank you to all the fans, the Arsenal staff and especially my team-mates who have been there during these special moments and have helped me through some tough times.
“Now it is time for the next chapter with West Bromwich Albion and I can’t wait to get started with the boys.
“(Tony Pulis is) different to what I’ve had before and I feel he can develop me in certain areas I maybe need to work on. He can help me progress.”

Pulis, whose team have so far won two and drawn one of their opening three games of the Premier League season, said:

“We’ve now got a deal which is right for the club and I’m really pleased to add a player of this quality and experience to our group.
“Kieran’s a good age and has made over 200 appearances for Arsenal, represented his country and has Premier League and Champions League experience.
“To add these qualities to our squad is exactly what we’re looking for.”

Albion chairman John Williams said:

“I’m delighted to welcome Kieran to the club. We have recruited another quality addition, an England player with bags of experience at Premier League and Champions League level. We are confident he will do well for us.”

West Brom are also in advanced talks with Paris Saint-Germain about a possible loan deal for midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

West Brom close in on Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs; Gunners join chase for Jonny Evans

West Brom are close to completing the signing of left-back Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal.

The clubs have agreed a fee in the region of £5m for the 27-year-old, who had also been in talks with Watford and Turkish side Galatasaray.

Gibbs still needs to undergo a medical and sign his contract.

Watford pulled out of a deal to sign Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have joined Manchester City and Leicester City in the race to sign West Brom centre- back Jonny Evans.

Chelsea agree fee with Arsenal for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Chelsea have agreed a fee with Arsenal for England international winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for an undisclosed fee believed to be £30million.

The former Southampton man, who is out of contract next summer – along with Arsenal team-mates Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, has been linked with moves to both the Blues and Liverpool this summer.

However, it is Chelsea who are believed to have won the race to sign him, having agreed a deal with Arsenal, according toSky Sports News.

The 24-year old is with the England squad at St George’s Park and it is understood large parts of a medical could be carried out at England’s training base in the Midlands.

The sale of Oxlade-Chamberlain will mark a rapid U-turn by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who has consistently said he wants the player to stay at the Emirates in the long-term.

But the former Saints player rejected the Gunners’ latest offer of a new deal last week, which would have seen his weekly wage rise to £180,000, forcing Arsenal into a rethink.

Oxlade-Chamberlain is understood to have met with Wenger before their weekend trip to Liverpool to talk over his future, and while he was named in the starting line-up for the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, it is thought it was agreed he would be allowed to leave.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had also been mooted as a target for Liverpool but appears set to stay in London with the reigning Premier League champions.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has been desperate to further bolster his side before the window slams shut on Thursday night and said after Sunday’s 2-0 win over Everton:

“There are four days to go in the transfer market. I think the club is working very hard to try and improve our squad. “Don’t forget when we start next month we have to play seven games and I need to rotate my players.”

Oxlade-Chamberlain joined Arsenal from Southampton in a £12million deal in 2011.

He made just 68 Premier League starts for Arsenal in his six years at the club, coming on off the bench 64 times.

Oxlade-Chamberlain had played in all four of Arsenal’s games this term but refused to pen a new deal. His move could end Chelsea’s interest in Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater.

Arsenal duo of Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall join Birmingham on loan

Birmingham have completed the double loan signing of Arsenal defenders Carl Jenkinson and Cohen Bramall.

The duo move to St Andrews for the 2017/18 season, although there is no option to buy for the Championship club.

Blues boss Harry Redknapp has made no secret of the fact he wants to add numbers to his squad before the transfer deadline.

Former England international Jenkinson, 25, has been surplus to requirements at Arsenal and played just five games for the Gunners last season.

He spent two seasons on loan at West Ham between 2014 and 2016 before a serious knee injury saw him return to the Emirates Stadium, where he found himself well down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger’s ranks.

Bramall has yet to feature for Arsenal’s first-team in a competitive match but was part of their pre-season tour squad.

The 21-year-old left-back was plucked from non-league last season, joining from Hednesford Town.

Both players go straight into the Birmingham squad for their Carabao Cup second-round clash at home to Bournemouth on Tuesday night.

Gabriel joins Valencia from Arsenal

Arsenal have sold Gabriel to Valencia for a fee understood to be £10m.

The Brazilian defender had fallen down the pecking order under Arsene Wenger after signing from Villarreal in January 2015, following the arrivals of Rob Holding and Shkodran Mustafi.

Gabriel made 64 appearances for the Gunners during his two and a half years at the club, soring once and winning the FA Cup on two occasions.

The 26-year-old made just 19 Premier League appearances in his final campaign at the Emirates Stadium.

Valencia announced the signing in a statement on their official website.

It read:

“Valencia have reached an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of … Gabriel Paulista.

“The Brazilian player has signed for the next five seasons until June 30, 2022, with a termination clause of 80 million euros.”

Gabriel sustained a serious knee injury in Arsenal’s final Premier League game of last season and did not feature in pre-season.

Gabriel could be the first of a number of departures at the Emirates, with Lucas Perez, Calum Chambers and Joel Campbell also linked with moves away.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have turned down an approach by Inter Milan to sign Mustafi on loan

Nigerian Billionaire Aliko Dangote to sack Arsene Wenger if he buys Arsenal

Arsene Wenger looks set to be sacked as Arsenal manager if billionaire Aliko Dangote buys the club.

The Nigerian, who is Africa’s richest man, is said to be planning a takeover bid once construction of an oil refinery in Lagos is completed.

And his main priority is to axe Wenger, who has been in charge since 1996 and extended his stay until 2019 by signing a two-year contract this summer, according to the report in theDaily Star.

“The first thing I would change is the coach,” Dangote said.

“He has done a good job, but someone else should also try his luck.”

The majority of Arsenal’s shares are controlled by two individuals, American Stan Kroenke, who owns around 66% of the club, while Uzbek-born Russian Alisher Usmanov possesses roughly 30%.

However, Dangote is confident of striking a deal with both individuals. He told Bloomberg:

“If they get the right offer, I’m sure they would walk away.

“Someone will give them an offer that will make them seriously consider walking away. “And when we finish the refinery, I think we will be in a position to do that.”

EPL result – Super subs Ramsey and Giroud complete Arsenal comeback victory against Leicester

Arsenal 4-3 Leicester City

Substitute Olivier Giroud headed in a dramatic late winner as Arsenal fought back to beat Leicester City in a thrilling start to the 2017-18 Premier League season.

Arsene Wenger’s men were 3-2 down with seven minutes remaining but goals from substitutes Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud stole the game from under Leicester’s noses.

Alexandre Lacazette headed the Gunners ahead 94 seconds into his top-flight debut, only for Shinji Okazaki to nod in an equaliser just two minutes later.

Vardy then slid the visitors ahead from Marc Albrighton’s cross, before Danny Welbeck drew Arsenal level at the end of a pulsating opening half.

Leicester took the lead again when Vardy headed in Riyad Mahrez’s corner before Arsene Wenger made an inspired double substitution which sparked Arsenal’s comeback.

Substitute Ramsey smashed in an angled drive – from a corner which was won after Mesut Ozil handled in the build-up – before Giroud showed athleticism and strength to meet Granit Xhaka’s corner.

Arsenal started the new Premier League season having won just one of their previous five opening matches – all of which were also home fixtures.

Giroud’s days at Arsenal appeared to be numbered following the arrival of fellow France striker Lacazette from Lyon for a club-record £46.5m fee.

And Wenger revealed after Friday’s win that Giroud, who has scored 97 goals in 231 appearances since joining from Montpellier in 2012, could have left the Gunners this summer.

“At one stage I opened the door for him as I knew I had many strikers, and in the end he decided to stay,” said Wenger.

“He doesn’t want to leave and I’m happy he wants to stay.”

The 30-year-old wasted no time in proving his worth with another vital goal after coming on as a substitute.

Giroud offers a different, more physical option for Wenger, but is hoping for a more substantial role at the club.

Since the start of last season, he has scored seven Premier League goals when coming off the bench – three more than any other player in the same period.

“I prefer to be on the pitch as much as I can but I want to help the team reach the targets,” he said.

2017 Community Shield: Courtois and Morata miss penalties as Arsenal beat Chelsea to win community shield

Arsenal 1-1 Chelsea (PK 4-1)

Alvaro Morata and Thibaut Courtois missed penalties as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a dramatic 4-1 shootout victory over 10-man Chelsea.

Premier League champions Chelsea had gone ahead through Victor Moses, before Pedro was sent off for an ugly lunge on Mohamed Elneny.

From the resulting free-kick, debutant Sead Kolasinac headed the Gunners level to take the match to penalties.

The shootout – the first in English football to follow the ABBA format- saw Chelsea miss back-to-back penalties to allow Olivier Giroud to win the match from the spot.

Trailing 2-1 in the shootout, Courtois took Chelsea’s second kick but failed to equalise, blazing over, before club-record signing Morata fired wide.

That handed Arsenal the initiative, allowing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to score before Olivier Giroud netted the decisive strike to secure the Shield, and a timely boost ahead of their Premier League opener against Leicester on Friday Night Football.

Alexis Sanchez was present as a spectator, as was Eden Hazard but Diego Costa remained in exile.

Alexis Sanchez meets with PSG sporting director ahead of move

PSG are also ready to make a £70m offer for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28 and offer him £400,000 a week.

Alternatively, PSG will make a £35m offer for Alexis Sanchez next week.

The dynamic Chilean forward has just 12 months left on his Arsenal contract and has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs this summer.

Alexis Sanchez and his representatives were in Paris on Friday to meet with Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Antero Henrique.

Henrique and his assistant travelled to the United States with PSG last weekend but returned to Europe before the club’s International Champions Cup opener against Roma in Detroit because of urgent transfer business.

According to the source, that transfer business concerns Sanchez and Neymar, and Henrique swiftly moved to London after his return to Europe.

Henrique’s flying visit to London was fruitful as he then received Sanchez and his representatives, including agent Fernando Felicevich, at Le Royal Monceau in Paris.

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny joins Juventus on a four-year deal

​Wojciech Szczesny has completed a reported £10million move from Arsenal to Serie A champions Juventus.

The Poland international has agreed a four-year contract with the Serie A champions, where he will provide competition for Gianluigi Buffon
The Pole fell out of favour at the Emirates when Arsene Wenger opted to bring Petr Cech to the club two years ago, and enjoyed a good season on loan at Roma last season.

However, it is Roma’s Serie A rivals Juventus who has won the race to sign the goalkeeper permanently, even though he knows he’ll have to play second fiddle to “legend” Gianluigi Buffon for the time being.

The Polish international played 38 times for Roma last season and kept 14 clean sheets – the most in Serie A.

“I’m delighted to be at Juventus,” he told reporters.

“I’ve spoken to Gianluigi Buffon — a true legend of the game.

“When you join Juve, it’s because you’ve been chosen. I didn’t hesitate one moment before coming here

“I’m ready to take on this challenge, Juventus is the best possible choice for my career. I’m 27 years old and I want to win.

“At this club there’s the right mentality to do so — I hope that we’ll succeed in winning the Champions League.”

Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny arrives for Juventus medical ahead of £10m move


Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has arrived in Italy with a view to completing a move to Juventus.

The Serie A champions tweeted a video of the Poleintroducing himself to the Turin club’s fans.

It has been reportedthat Arsenal have accepted a £10m bid for 27-year-old Szczesny, who has spent the past two seasons on loan at Roma.

Szczesny played in 38 Serie A games last term and finished with 14 clean sheets, the most in the league.

He has made 132 appearances for Arsenal in his eight years at the club and has won 28 caps for his country.

Though Szczesny was highly regarded by Arsene Wenger he had struggled to convince some at the Emirates who doubted his attitude after an incident in January 2015 when he was fined £20,000 for smoking in the changing room showers after a defeat to Southampton.
David Ospina is also expected to depart this summer, with Turkish side Fenerbahce consistently linked with a move for the Colombian international, paving the way for the highly-regarded Emiliano Martinez to serve as Petr Cech’s back-up next season. 

Alexis Sanchez agree terms with Manchester City 

​Alexis Sanchez edges closer to £50m Arsenal exit after agreeing terms with Manchester City.
O Jogo claims that the Chile international recently spoke with Pep Guardiola, which has helped speed up the transfer, and negotiations have now progressed to a point where the deal is ‘virtually complete’.

Alexandre Lacazette joins Arsenal for a club-record fee

Arsenal have completed the signing of France striker Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon for a club record £46.5m fee on a five-year deal.
The fee – up to £52.6m with add-ons – will surpass the £42.4m Arsenal paid Real Madrid for Mesut Ozil in 2013.

Lacazette told Arsenal’s official website: “I am, of course, delighted and very proud too because Arsenal is a legendary club. Throughout my childhood, thanks to Thierry Henry and other French players, I always dreamed of playing for this club so today that dream has been fulfilled.

“The fact that the manager has been here for a while shows that it is a stable club which I like. In addition there are quite a few French players here, which makes it easier to settle in. In my opinion, Arsenal is also the club that plays the best football in England so I really wanted to come here.”

Manager Arsene Wenger added: “We are very happy to have Alexandre join our group. He has shown over a number of years that he can score goals and that he is a very efficient finisher.

“As well, he has very interesting technical qualities and a strong character. So he is a guy who is a great addition for us, and someone who will help us challenge at the top level this season.”

The 26-year-old is expected to travel with the squad this weekend for two friendly matches in Sydney next week.
Lacazette’s debut is expected to come in the Emirates Cup on July 29 against Benfica or on July 30 against Sevilla.
Lacazette boasted the highest chance conversion rate in Europe’s top five leagues last season (38.9 per cent), scoring 37 goals in 45 games as Lyon secured a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 and reached the Europa League semi-finals.

His record of 28 league goals last term was more than the combined tally of Arsenal quartet Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Danny Welbeck and Lucas Perez.

Liverpool may sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain facing as Arsenal plan to release nine

​Liverpool are expected to be given permission to speak to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Arsenal reportedly prepare to accept a cut-price fee for the midfielder.

The Gunners are reportedly under pressure to reduce their wage bill following a new Premier League ruling and are preparing to sanction the exits of Oxlade-Chamberlain and up to seven of his Arsenal teammates.

The rules say that a club’s wage bill should not be more than £7million more than it was in 2016-17, or £19million more than from the 2012-13 season.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has been offered a new deal by Arsenal, but the player is yet to agree terms as he weighs up reported offers from both Manchester City and Liverpool.

But The Independent claims Oxlade-Chamberlain’s refusal to sign will see Arsenal accept a bid of £25million for the player – and claim Anfield is his most likely destination.

Jurgen Klopp is a known admirer of the player and the promise of more regular football at Anfield is likely to see the Reds win the race for a player, who spent long periods on Arsenal’s bench last season.


Olivier Giroud is another who could follow Oxlade-Chamberlain out the door – especially with the Gunners  hoping to sign Alexandre  Lacazette. Napoli are reportedly ready to join Marseille and West Ham in monitoring his situation.

Jack Wilshere is another who could leave after spending last season on loan at Bournemouth but his wages may prove a stumbling block to a permanent move.

Fringe players Calum Chambers, Wojciech Szczesny, Chuba Akpom, Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez and Carl Jenkinson are also expected to depart as Arsene Wenger fine tunes his squad and puts the emphasis on quality over quantity.

The Gunners remain hopeful of persuading Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil to sign new deals, while any approach from Barcelona for Hector Bellerin will also be rebuffed.

Latest Football News 

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has undergone a medical ahead of a planned £30m move to Everton.

    • Alvaro Morata, 24, could complete his £65m move from Real Madrid to Manchester United by early next week.
    • Gareth Bale, 27, is not looking for a move from Real Madrid despite Manchester United’s interest in him.
    • Arsenal are among those keeping a close eye on Chris Smalling’s situation at Manchester United.
    • Manchester City will try to fund half of their summer transfer spree with a planned £130m clearout, led by goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30, and striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, for whom the Blues aim to get £25m each.
    • Crystal Palace will challenge West Ham to the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City.

    • Palace have held talks with Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Sam Allardyce as manager.
    • Manchester United have not made an official offer for Andrea Belotti and are having doubts about the Torino striker’s €100 million (£88m) buy-out clause.
    • Jose Mourinho has been nicknamed “Daisy” by his Manchester backroom staff, in reference to the film ‘Driving Miss Daisy’, because the Portuguese boss is always getting a lift to the training ground.
    • Liverpool must pay Roma £35.5m if they want to sign 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah.
    • Chelsea will request £10 million from Liverpool in compensation for Dominic Solanke.
    • The Reds are offering £3m, which is below Chelsea’s initial valuation of £8m, but they have increased that even further after his vital role in England’s U20 World Cup win.

    • Birmingham City have made a contract offer to former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, according to Blues boss Harry Redknapp.
    • Leicester have teamed up with rock band Kasabian to produce a new fashion range, which combines rock and roll and football.
    • The Foxes are set to offer Hull defender Harry Maguire a £20.8m contract, which will earn the 24-year-old £80,000 a week over five years. (Sun)
    • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
    • Turkish side Fenerbahce are reportedly planning a double bid for Leicester City forwards Jamie Vardy, 30, and Ahmed Musa, 24.
    • Basaksehir vice-president Mustafa Saral has said Tottenham and Manchester United target Cengiz Under, 19, is the subject of interest from a number of clubs.
    • Arsenal have made a €12 million bid for Fenerbache defender Simon Kjaer.
    • Hector Bellerin hopes Barcelona will continue to try to sign him from Arsenal after talks with president Josep Maria Bartomeu.

    • Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane will one day become boss of the France national side, the French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet has said.
    • Danilo will stay at Real Madrid next season after telling the club he is ready to fight for his place in Zinedine Zidane’s team.
    • RB Leipzig are trying to hold off interest from Manchester City and Barcelona two of their youth team stars.
    • Central midfielder Erik Majetschak, 17, has attracted attention from Manchester City, while striker Niklas Kuhn is coveted by Barcelona.
    • Former Borussia Dortmund bossThomas Tuchel has ruled himself out of the vacant manager’s job at Southampton
    • Mauricio Pellegrino and Frank de Boer are the two names on the shortlist to replace Claude Puel.
    • Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus will not require surgery on a fractured eye socket inflicted by club team-mate Nicolas Otamendi in an international friendly on Friday.
    • Cristiano Ronaldo said “sometimes the best answer is to be quiet” in the wake of allegations he defrauded the Spanish tax office of £14.7m.
    • Fernando Torres, 33, has rejected a big-money offer from Mexican side Queretaro to stay at Atletico Madrid for another season.
      • If midfielder Marco Verratti wants to play for Barcelona next season, the 24-year-old will have to take an active role in forcing through his exit from Paris St-Germain, according to the French club.

      • Michael Keane reportedly “changed his mind” over re-signing for Manchester United once he learnt Jose Mourinho wanted to sign two centre-backs.
      • Anderson Talisca believes he could be set for a move to Manchester United this summer after claiming Jose Mourinho “has a love” for him.
      • Paul Pogba used Instagram to show off his latest haircut, which appears to be a mixture of the French national colours and Chinese symbols.
      • Everton will begin discussions in Italy regarding possible summer transfers, with one of their scouts naming AC Milan forward Carlos Bacca, 30, and Napoli striker Duvan Zapata, 26, as potential targets.
      • Sunderland forward Fabio Borini, 26, is reportedly hoping for a move back to Italy this summer, despite interest from Celtic.

      • Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has targeted a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
      • Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe has said he will have to “sort” through his offers this summer, with Arsenal and Real Madrid both keen on the 18-year-old.
      • Paris-Saint-Germain boss Unai  Emery has admitted his side’s  interest in signing Kylian Mbappe
      • PSG have reportedly pulled out of their proposed deal to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after deciding his €70million was ‘too expensive’.
      • Liverpool target Emre Mor has been given permission to speak to other clubs amid reports there are offers on the table for the youngster.
      • LA Galaxy are eyeing Zlatan Ibrahimovic and David Ospina.
      • Arsenal remain determined to resist any offer from Manchester City or Chelsea this summer for 28-year-old forward Alexis Sanchez.

      • Emre Can is poised to sign a new £100,000 a week contract with Liverpool.
      • Can is believed to have been offered a a new four-year deal, that will tie him to Anfield until 2021 and the Germany international is all set to sign up.
      • Juventus have offered €35million to Sevilla to sign Steven N’Zonzi but will move for Emre Can if they fail to reach an agreement.
      • Juve are hoping to complete a  deal for Pescara’s Mamadou  Coulibaly.
      • PSG are huge admirers of  Manchester United target Ivan  Perisic and have demanded the  Croatian winger as part of Inter  Milan’s plans to sign Lucas Moura.

      • Bayern Munich winger Douglas Costa has told Juventus he wants to join the club.
      • Bayern have slapped a €50m price tag on Douglas Costa amid interest from Juventus and Tottenham.
      • AC Milan are to consider including a €105million release clause in Gianluigi Donnarumma’s new deal.
      • Milan striker Carlos Bacca, who is being linked with Arsenal and West Ham, is expected to agree a move to Marseille.
      • Everton target M’Baye Niang is being linked with a move to Torino.
      • Malaga could look to replace Everton target Sandro Ramirez with Swansea forward Borja Baston.
      • Roma are emerging as leading candidates to sign Jean-Michael Seri from Nice.
      • Napoli are ready to reluctantly accept an improved Chelsea bid for defender Kalidou Koulibaly, with the Blues reportedly ready to bid €60m in the coming days.
      • Diego Costa’s brother claims the Chelsea striker has had “a lot of offers” to leave the Premier League champions this summer.
      • Hull manager Leonid Slutsky has held discussions with Chelsea owner and compatriot Roman Abramovich over taking some Blues players on loan next season.
      • An Argentine football player has caused outrage after admitting that he used a needle to hurt his rivals during a cup match on Sunday.
      • Federico Allende, a defender for lower-division club Sport Pacifico, bragged in a radio interview about using the needle several times against strikers from top-division club Estudiantes.
      • Kyle Bartley is being heavily linked with a move to Middlesbrough, with reports suggesting Garry Monk has already spoken to the Swansea player about a move to Teesside.
      • Rangers are poised to end their hunt for a director of football by appointing Manchester City academy director Mark Allen to the role.
      • The Italian referee who made history by giving the first video-assistant red card in international football to France’s Raphael Varane against England on Tuesday night got the protocol wrong and bungled the decision.
      • FA Cup replays are set to be ditched and the competition may soon be a midweek event.

      FA Cup Final – Ramsey grabs the winner as Arsenal beat 10-man Chelsea to seal record 13th FA Cup victory

      Arsenal 2 – 1 Chelsea

      Arsenal ended a season of frustration and uncertainty with FA Cup glory, denying 10-man Chelsea the double as Arsene Wenger secured his record seventh FA Cup final win, to became the most successful manager in the competition’s history.

      Alexis Sanchez gave Arsenal the lead in contentious fashion after only four minutes, when referee Antony Taylor overruled his assistant after he had flagged for offside against Aaron Ramsey, — although his handball in the build-up was missed.

      In a lively battle between north and west London at Wembley, Chelsea – who trailed 1-0 to Alexis Sanchez’s controversial opener Victor Moses was sent off on 68 minutes for picking up a second yellow card for diving. 

      However, Diego Costa sensationally levelled for the 10 men on 77 minutes.
      Having stumbled home fifth and missed out on Champions League qualification, criticism of the Wenger has reached unprecedented and unpalatable levels.

      Arsenal, outstanding throughout, refused to be denied and were back in front inside three minutes when Ramsey, who scored the FA Cup final  winner against Hull City in 2014,did it again with a header from substitute Olivier Giroud’s cross.

      Wenger pumped his fists in delight at the final whistle, as a season that has brought so much criticism for the 67-year-old Frenchman, ended in Wembley glory with a record 13th FA Cup win for the Gunners.

      With Laurent Koscielny suspended and Gabriel and Shkodran Mustafi missing out through injury, Wenger had to field a makeshift back three of Per Mertesacker, who was making his first start in 13 months, alongside Rob Holding and Nacho Monreal.

      A larger than usual security presence welcomed supporters at a time of heightened alert following Monday’s terror attack.

      Armed police patrolled Wembley and all in attendance underwent rigorous searches after 22 people were killed and many more injured in the attack at Manchester Arena.

      Chelsea did not wear their black armbands in the first half after leaving them inside the jackets they decided against due to the warm weather.

      EPL results: Final day – Champions Chelsea  cruise on Terry’s farewell match; Arsenal win but miss out of Champions League; Kane nets a hat trick- wins Golden boot

      ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      • Chelsea 5 – 1 Sunderland

      Premier League champions Chelsea beat Sunderland 5-1 to break the Premier League record for wins in a season, as captain John Terry waved goodbye to Stamford Bridge.

      With their 30th Premier League victory of the season, Chelsea have broken the competition record set by Jose Mourinho’s title-winning Blues teams in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons, who both won 29 of their 38 league matches.

      The win also means Conte’s men finish the season with 93 points, a tally beaten only by Chelsea’s first Premier League title-winning side in 2004-05.

      Blues legend, Terry, who has spent 22 years at the club but will leave this summer, played 26 minutes after starting his second match in a row and was replaced to a standing ovation and a guard of honour from his team-mates.

      Willian’s equaliser  had already cancelled out Javier Manquillo’s third-minute strike by that point, and Eden Hazard and Pedro scored after the break to put the hosts in control.

      Substitute Michy Batshuayi grabbed a late double to seal a record-breaking 30th Premier League victory this season.

      It was the perfect prelude to the lifting of the trophy after the match and for Chelsea’s FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday.

      • Hull City 1 – 7 Tottenham  Hotspur

      Harry Kane finished as the Premier League’s top scorer for the second successive season after scoring a hat-trick as Tottenham thrashed Hull 7-1 on the final day.

      The striker, who netted four in a 6-1 win at Leicester on Thursday, followed up with two goals inside the opening 15 minutes at the KCOM Stadium.

      Dele Alli made it 3-0 before half-time and, after Sam Clucas pulled a goal back in the 66th minute, Spurs finished with a flourish.

      Victor Wanyama headed in before Kane completed his hat-trick and Ben Davies and Toby Alderweireld scored their first Premier League goals of the season.

      Kane wins the Golden Boot award with 29 goals, four more than nearest rival Romelu Lukaku.

      And the rout concludes another impressive campaign for Spurs, who finish second behind Chelsea on 86 points with just four defeats and a club-record 26 goals conceded.

      Hull, meanwhile, drop to the Championship with uncertainty over the future of Marco Silva, who was serenaded by fans throughout the match in a bid to keep him at the club, with  talks planned next week.

      • Watford 0 – 5 Manchester  City

      Manchester City sealed their place in next season’s Champions League by crushing Watford to finish third in Pep Guardiola’s debut season.

      City skipper Vincent Kompany was left unmarked to head in an early opener before Sergio Aguero twice clinically fired in after quick counters-attacks.

      The Blues, needing a point to guarantee a finish in the top four, were 4-0 up at half-time after Fernandinho bundled in.

      Gabriel Jesus clipped in a fifth after the break as Watford ended the reign of departing manager Walter Mazzarri with a shocking display.

      Mazzarri, who leaves after just one season, was booed by some Hornets fans during the game as the hosts suffered a sixth successive defeat to finish in 17th place.

      • Liverpool 3 – 0 Middlesbrough

      Liverpool secured their Champions League return as their initial nerves turned to jubilation and relegated Middlesbrough crumbled at Anfield.

      With top-four rivals Arsenal ahead at Everton, Liverpool were impotent in attack and twitchy at the back for most of the first half.

      But Georginio Wijnaldum eased the tension in injury time, bursting into the box and smashing in a fierce shot at the near post.

      Philippe Coutinho’s low curling free-kick six minutes into the second half was quickly followed by Adam Lallana slotting in to give the Reds a comfortable cushion to ride out to full-time.

      With Manchester City thrashing Watford, Liverpool finished fourth in the final Premier League table and will have to negotiate Champions League qualifying at the start of next season.

      • ​Arsenal 3 – 1 Everton

      Arsenal missed out on a place in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years despite beating Everton on the final day of the season.

      Arsene Wenger’s side got the win they required despite having defender Laurent Koscielny sent off for a reckless first-half challenge on Everton’s Enner Valencia. He will now serve a suspension that will keep him out of the FA Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley.

      Arsenal took the lead early on through Hector Bellerin’s far-post finish and Alexis Sanchez scrambled in a second after Koscielny’s dismissal to put the Gunners in control.

      It was to no avail as Liverpool completed their task by beating Middlesbrough to finish fourth.

      The Gunners did end the league campaign with a flourish though thanks to Aaron Ramsey’s brilliant injury-time strike from 20 yards after Romelu Lukaku pulled a goal back for Everton from the penalty spot.

      The hosts, who also had defender Gabriel taken off injured on a stretcher, now turn their attention to Wembley, after which an announcement on manager Wenger’s future will be made.

      • Manchester United 2 – 0 Crystal Palace

      Josh Harrop scored on his debut as Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign ended with a comfortable victory over Crystal Palace.

      Harrop was one of four players given their first top-flight starts as manager Jose Mourinho named the youngest United line-up in Premier League history, with an average age of 22 years and 284 days.

      The 21-year-old midfielder was brimming with confidence and lashed in a superb finish from inside the box in the first half, and could have had a second, but curled an effort narrowly wide.

      Paul Pogba doubled the advantage with a low strike before being replaced by Michael Carrick with Wednesday’s Europa League final against Ajax in mind.

      With two minutes remaining the London-born and Salford-raised Angel Gomes replaced captain Wayne Rooney to become the club’s youngest ever Premier League player at 16 years and 263 days old.

      He is also the first player born in the 21st century to appear in the Premier League.

      Palace’s best chance went to Christian Benteke in the second half, but the striker’s towering header struck the foot of the post.

      Victory means United collect £28.5m in competition prize money for a sixth place finish – their second successive season outside the top four – while Palace end the season in 14th, earning them £13.3m.

      • Southampton 0 – 1 Stoke City

      Southampton” miserable home form continued as Peter Crouch struck the only goal of the game to help Stoke to a first away win since January on the final day of the season.

      The home side enjoyed the majority of possession but Nathan Redmond’s lob on to the bar on the stroke of half-time was their best moment until Crouch pounced.

      The striker’s 10th goal of the season arrived when he headed home a Geoff Cameron cross and they deserved the lead after creating openings throughout.

      Southampton rallied late on as Jack Butland produced fine saves to deny Steven Davis, James Ward-Prowse and Sofiane Boufal but Claude Puel’s side end the campaign without a win in five games at St Mary’s.

      His side end the season eighth, with their lowest points tally since 2012-13, while Stoke finish 13th, their lowest finish since the same season.

      • Leicester City 1 – 1 AFC Bournemouth

      Bournemouth secured their highest top-flight finish with a draw at Leicester on the final day of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

      Junior Stanislas put the Cherries ahead after just 59 seconds, smashing in a rebound from Ryan Fraser’s shot at the end of Lys Mousset’s driving run.

      Leicester started poorly but were transformed after the break and Jamie Vardy poked in Islam Slimani’s knockdown early in the second half.

      Vardy had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside nine minutes later as he stabbed in after Slimani’s blocked shot, while Slimani headed badly wide when found in space by a Riyad Mahrez free-kick with five minutes to play.

      The Cherries – who finished 16th in their first Premier League campaign last year – end the season in ninth, while 2015-16 champions Leicester move down to 12th.

      • Swansea City 2 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Swansea City fought back from a goal down to beat West Brom on the final day of the Premier League season.

      Having secured survival a week earlier, the hosts were in relaxed mood at a relieved Liberty Stadium but fell behind in the first half as Jonny Evans nodded in from a corner.

      Swansea improved after the interval and equalised as Jordan Ayew headed his first goal for the club, before Fernando Llorente volleyed the winning goal with five minutes left.

      A fourth win in five games lifts the Swans up to 15th in the Premier League table while a ninth match without victory means West Brom finish the campaign in 10th place.

      Whereas the Baggies’ second-half decline was symptomatic of their fading fortunes at the end of the season, Swansea’s late revival was representative of their inspired run-in.

      • Burnley 1 – 2 West Ham  United

      West Ham ended their season with an away victory as they came from behind to beat Burnley at Turf Moor.

      Burnley went ahead when Sam Vokes scored his 10th league goal of the season when he finished off Andre Gray’s low cross.

      The hosts’ lead only lasted four minutes before Sofiane Feghouli netted to complete a fine move that also involved Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew.

      Ayew scored the winning goal with a close-range header after Tom Heaton had pushed Fernandes’ shot on to the crossbar.

      The result means West Ham end the season in 11th place, missing out on a top-10 position on goal difference, while Burnley finish in 16th.

      EPL results  – Alexis Sanches scores twice to keep alive Arsenal’s top four dream; City  beat West Brom in Zabaleta’s farewell match

      ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

      Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      • Manchester City 3 – 1 West Bromwich Albion

      Manchester City clinched an emphatic win over West Brom to move back up to third place in the Premier League with one game remaining.

      City scored two quick first-half goals with Gabriel Jesus opening the scoring in the 27th minute before Kevin de Bruyne added the second two minutes later with a fine curling strike.

      Yaya Toure made it 3-0 after the break, exchanging passes with Aguero as he marched into the area to slot past Ben Foster.

      West Brom managed a late consolation when substitute Hal Robson-Kanu turned in Allan Nyom’s low cross.

      A point in their final game at Watford on Sunday will now be enough to guarantee Pep Guardiola’s side a place in the top four and Champions League football, while a win would see them finish third and go straight into the group stage.

      Meanwhile the Baggies have now gone eight games without a victory and remain on 45 points with a trip to Swansea on Sunday.

      With the points all but secured by Toure’s goal, attention for many City fans switched to Pablo Zabeleta’s big send-off.

      After nine years with City in which he won every domestic trophy, the 32-year-old Argentina defender is leaving the clubat the end of the season.

      He started on the bench but the home fans sang his name from kick-off, gave him his first standing ovation of the night in the first half and then exploded into noise when he began warming up.

      The ground rose to applaud him on to the pitch when he replaced David Silva on the hour mark, and then cheered every time he touched the ball.

      Zabaleta ended the game wearing the captain’s armband after Vincent Kompany was substituted and West Brom’s belated fightback never threatened to ruin his night.

      After an emotional farewell speech at the final whistle, when he was joined on the pitch by his wife and young son, Zabaleta was given a guard of honour by his team-mates as he and his family departed down the tunnel.

      • ​Arsenal 2 – 0 Sunderland

      Alexis Sanchez kept Arsenal in the hunt for a top-four finish as his double secured a 2-0 win over Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium.

      Alexis Sanchez tapped in Mesut Ozil’s square pass to the relief of those inside a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium.

      As Arsenal increased in urgency, Sanchez bundled in Olivier Giroud’s cut-back to renew their hopes of a top-four finish for a 21st successive season.

      The Gunners are a point behind fourth-placed Liverpool.

      Arsenal will now look to beat Everton in their final match and hope Liverpool drop points against relegated Middlesbrough if they are to maintain their record of finishing in the top-four in each of Wenger’s 21 seasons in charge.

      They could mathematically still catch third-placed Manchester City, who beat West Brom 3-1 on Tuesday night, but that scenario would require defeat for Pep Guardiola’s side at Watford with Arsenal enjoying a five-goal swing on the final day.

      EPL result  – Sanchez and Giroud strike as Arsenal defeat Southampton to go fifth

      Southampton 0 – 2 Arsenal 

      Arsenal kept alive their hopes of a top-four Premier League finish as second-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Olivier Giroud earned victory at Southampton.
      Alexis Sanchez produced a moment of brilliance on his 100th Premier League appearance, to hit his 20th Premier League goal of the season.

      Sanchez struck the opener on the hour mark at St Mary’s before Olivier Giroud came off the bench to make sure of the points with a close-range header.

      Under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has constantly reiterated his side cannot put a foot wrong in their remaining games, and they were solid enough to take home victory from the south coast to keep them in the hunt for Champions League qualification.

      The victory sees them leapfrog Manchester United into fifth and now sit three points adrift of fourth-placed Manchester City.
      Mid-table Southampton rarely threatened. Their best chance came in the first half when Manolo Gabbiadini forced a fine save out of Petr Cech from close range, and they stay 10th.

      Injury before the break to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was a sour note but Arsene Wenger’s men, given renewed hope by victory against Manchester United at the weekend, ended a 14-year barren league run on the south coast at the most crucial of times.
      Arsenal still require their rivals to slip up if they are to qualify for the Champions League for a 20th successive season.

      Preview: Arsenal VS Sunderland

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      Olivier Giroud and his teammates celebrate his goal for Arsenal in 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.

      There are only three things that are inevitable in life. They are tax, death and Arsenal having an injury crisis. Every single season. It was a November to forget for the Gunners as they picked up just two points from three games. This, coupled with this latest but expected injury crisis has threatened to derail Arsenal’s season. However, they will be encouraged by the fact that they are not too far away from the leading pack and could even finish the weekend on top if all results go their way.

      They face a Sunderland side who are buoyed by two consecutive wins over Crystal Palace and Stoke. The Black cats have never won at Arsenal since the start of the Premier League but they have gotten three creditable draws in their last five visit. Last season’s stalemate guaranteed that Sunderland survived the drop. They will be looking to take advantage of Arsenal’s injury worries and inflict more misery on the Gunners.

      Sam Allardyce’s record at Arsenal has been abysmal. The Sunderland boss has lost his last seven games against Arsenal and last claimed a victory over Arsenal five years ago while manager of Blackburn Rovers. Arsenal have also won seven of their last 11 matches against Sunderland, with the other four ending in draws. Wenger will hope his team can continue this fantastic run and also end a poor run of form in the process.

       

      Team News

      Arsenal

      The North London side will be without star men Alexis Sanchez and Santi Cazorla. Both are the latest casualty following the costly draw at Norwich. Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Tomas Rosicky, Danny Welbeck, Kieran Gibbs and MIkel Arteta are all sidelined. Laurent Koscielny has recovered in time for the game while Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are available for selection again.

      Sunderland

      Jermaine Defoe and Sebastian Larsson both miss out due to hamstring and knee problems but Billy Jones who was suspended last weekend is available again.

      Latest Football News

      Sir Alex Ferguson is driving Manchester United’s push to sign Cristiano Ronaldo. The Scot has taken the opportunity to sweet talk the Madrid star on several occassions recently as he tries to persuade the Portuguese to shun PSG for Old Trafford.

       

      Meanwhile, Paris St-Germain will offer Ronaldo £250,000 a week after tax in an attempt to persuade the 30-year-old Portugal international to leave the Spanish capital.

       

      Pep Guardiola is set to sign a new £17m-a-year contract to remain as Bayern Munich manager.

       

      Luis Enrique is keen on a move for Miralem Pjanic but the Roma midfielder’s €50 million valuation is too high for Barcelona. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are also keen on the 25-year-old.

       

      Manchester United’s hopes of signing Thomas Muller received a boost as the latest round of talks between the striker and Bayern Munich hit a roadblock. The German is hesistating over a new deal, but his current contract runs until 2019.

       

      Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren will be given more time and money despite their Premier League position. The Magpies are 17th in the table, one point above the relegation zone.

       

      Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson, now manager at Shanghai SIPG, wants Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, 30, to join him in China.

       

      Arsenal are preparing a new move for Inter Milan’s Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 22, when the January transfer window opens. The Gunners had a £32m bid for Icardi rejected in the summer.

       

      Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been made aware of the availability of Brazil forward Alexandre Pato, 26, in the January window. Pato is on loan at Sao Paulo from Corinthians.

       

      Juventus are lining up a January move for Real Madrid playmaker Isco as they look to move back up the Serie A table, following their disappointing start to the season.

       

      Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 26, has been told to stop driving a top-of-the-range sports car to prevent the risk of hamstring injuries.

       

      Southampton will not sell forward Sadio Mane to Manchester United in January, although the 23-year-old Senegal international may leave at the end of the season.

       

      Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, 35, will train with the club next week but has ruled out a loan move back to Anfield. Gerrard is currently with Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy, whose season has ended.

       

      Tottenham are in pole position to sign Axel Witsel in January. Spurs are long-time admirers of the Belgian, who is keen to leave the Russian Premier League. AC Milan are also interested, but Witself rejected a loan move to San Siro previously.

       

      Aston Villa forward Jack Grealish, 20, has been told to train with the club’s Under-21 squad after allegedly visiting a Manchester nightclub hours after the club’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.

       

      Former Manchester United and Arsenal forward Robin van Persie, 32, has reiterated his commitment to Turkish club Fenerbahce after being linked with Chelsea.

       

      Manchester City are set to appoint Simon Davies as Under-21 manager to replace Patrick Vieira. Davies was Vieira’s former assistant and was a member of Manchester United’s so-called ‘Class of 92’.

       

      Birmingham City want to sign Czech striker Libor Kozak, 26, from neighbours Aston Villa. Kozak, a £7m signing from Lazio in September 2013, has yet to make a Premier League appearance this season.

       

      Former Leicester City boss Nigel Pearson and Chelsea coach Steve Holland have pulled out of the race to be the next manager of Fulham. Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett is the favourite for the job.

       

      Liverpool and Burnley will present their case regarding the transfer of Danny Ings, 23, at a tribunal next year. The Reds must pay compensation for the striker as he is under 24, and value him at £5m, but Burnley say they previously had a £12m bid from Tottenham.

       

      Former Arsenal defender Arinse Uade, 19, turned out as a trialist for Norwich City Under-21s in a 2-0 win over Manchester United.

       

      Raheem Sterling, 20, has employed a music teacher after spending £10,000 on a new piano.

       

      Newcastle United midfielder Gael Bigirimana, 22, believes his future lies away from the club after failing to make an appearance for the Magpies since August 2013. Bigirimana has re-joined League One Coventry, the club where he started his career, on loan.

       

      Stoke City defender Andy Wilkinson, 31, will fly to the United States to see specialists for a second time in an attempt to return from a career-threatening head injury. Wilkinson has not played since February.

       

      Sunderland midfielder Liam Bridcutt, 26, is wanted on loan by three Championship clubs – Leeds United, Reading and Cardiff City.

       

      Middlesbrough are close to agreeing a deal with Manchester City to extend midfielder Bruno Zuculini’s loan at the Riverside. The former Argentina Under-20 international has made three appearances for Boro since joining at the end of October.

      Latest Football News

      Belgium and Spain have called off Tuesday’s friendly in Brussels because of security concerns.

      Chelsea are set to complete the purchase of AFC Wimbledon’s ground at Kings meadow after the Dons Trust agreed to sell the stadium lease.

      Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is edging closer to a comeback after completing his first full training session in more than a month

      Jurgen Klopp will bring Jose Enrique back into the Liverpool first team set-up due to a lack of defensive options.

      Alexis Sanchez might be an injury concern for Chile, but the Arsenal star has dismissed the notion that he is nearing burnout.

      On Monday it was reported that Barcelona forward Lionel Messi was open to a move to Arsenal. Some Gunners fans have taken to Twitterto suggest starting a fund to help pay his £600,000-a-week wage demands.

      Arsenal are considering a move for defender Armando Izzo after the scouting the centre-back in Genoa’s clash with Napoli.

      Barcelona are lining up a move for Roma midfielder Alessandro Florenzi next summer.

      Barca are also considering a move for Italy forward Sebastian Giovinco, 28, who plays for Major League Soccer side Toronto FC.

      Robert Lewandowski’s agents have both denied that Real Madrid have made contact with the Bayern Munich star following a report in Marca on Monday.

      Bayern have announced that Thiago Alcantara has been ruled out for three to four weeks with a knee injury.

      Bayern are still monitoring Antonio Rudiger’s progress at Roma having scouted him during his time at VfB Stuttgart. The Italian club loaned Rudiger in the summer and have the option to buy the player for €9 million.

      Juventus are keen on signing both Southampton striker Graziano Pelle and Chelsea’s Oscar, though are unlikely to be able to finance both deals.

      Papy Djilobodji is already on his way out of Chelsea and could join Besiktas on loan in January having thus far failed to make a Premier League appearance.

      Valencia are set to test Marseille’s resolve with a January move for Michy Batshuayi, who is also reportedly wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea.

      Both Fenerbahce and Galatasaray are interested in signing Arsenal forward Joel Campbell, whose contract expires in the summer.

      Schalke have rejected a £10.5 million bid from Liverpool for teenage forward Leroy Sane with a host of other clubs also interested.

      Barcelona, Real Madrid & Arsenal are set to battle for Mali teenager Sidiki Maiga, who was one of the biggest stars of the recent Under-17 World Cup.

      Paris Saint-Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi will join Barcelona if Luis Enrique rubber stamps the move.

      Chelsea are monitoring Paris St-Germain’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, before the January transfer window.

      Out-of-favour Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 21, is being linked with a move to the Premier League with both Arsenal and Manchester United considering January moves for the Italian centre-back.

      Clarence Seedorf has emerged as potential candidate for the head coaching role at QPR following the sacking of Chris Ramsey.

      David Moyes rejected a number of job offers from other clubs before being sacked by Real Sociedad last week

      Fenerbahce have claimed Robin van Persie is a “precious player” and they have no plans to sell the striker

      New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

      Michael Carrick looks set for only a short period on the sidelines despite being stretchered off for England against Spain with an ankle injury.

      Manchester United midfielder Jesse Lingard, 22, is poised to earn a £50,000 bonus following his England call-up, in line with a clause in his contract.

      Lingard has revealed that he turned down Liverpool as a youngster.

      Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he initially thought Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal was an “idiot” when he first encountered the Dutchman at the Nou Camp.

      Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has posted pictures of himself on Twitterat Oxford University, where he gave a talk to the debating society.

      Rayo Vallecano winger Bebe said he thought it might have been a “joke” when he first heard he was moving to Manchester United.

      Stoke striker Jonathan Walters, 32, was paid the ultimate compliment after scoring twice against Bosnia-Herzegovina to send his country through to Euro 2016 by having his Wikipedia pagebriefly altered to describe him as a “god amongst men”.

      New Villa boss Remi Garde is set to appoint David Moyes’ former Manchester United assistant, Steve Round, to his backroom staff at Villa Park.

      West Brom boss Tony Pulis says James Chester remains part of his plans despite the defender’s lack of first-team football

      West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan says Liverpool can forget about signing on-loan star Manuel Lanzini

      Liverpool are the latest club to show interest in Lucas Biglia, but Lazio wants €30 million. United, Real and Valencia have all been recently linked.

      Preview: Arsenal Vs Everton

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      Arsenal’s disciplined and efficient performance against Bayern Munich in midweek has provided renewed optimism at the North London club. Confidence is flowing at the London club and the opening day defeat to West Ham seems like ages ago as they welcome Everton to the Emirates. Everton were well beaten by Manchester United last weekend in a game they lost 3-0. They face another difficult test when they travel to London to play Arsenal.

      Roberto Martinez will hope his charges come up with a better performance in a game that they have not had too much success recently. The Merseyside club have won just once in the last 16 Premier League meeting between the sides with the Gunners recording nine victories in those meetings. Arsenal were starved of the ball for long periods in midweek against the German champions but Wenger will want his side to seize the initiative in this match. Arsenal ability to collapse and lose concentration is well documented and this Everton side will seek to capitalise on any such gifts. Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku will be the players Everton will hope turns up on the day if they are to get anything from the game.

      Petr Cech has provided some much needed calmness to the Arsenal defence and already has seven clean sheets in his first 11 games. The veteran, who now has 167 clean sheets, is closing in on David James’ record of 169 clean sheets in the premier league and his recent form suggest that it is a record he is capable of beating in a matter of weeks. Olivier Giroud has found goals easy to come by in this fixture and has netted four goals in the last four meeting between the two teams. Wenger faces a selection headache and has to decide whether to bring in the French international or persist with Theo Walcott.

      Team News

      Arsenal

      Aaron Ramsey suffered injury against Bayern in midweek and will be sidelined until after the next international break. Arteta is ruled out for the game against his former side after picking up an ankle injury in training. Gabriel Paulista is available for selection while Tomas Rosicky, Jack Wilshere and Danny Welbeck all have long term injuries. David Ospina is still sidelined with a shoulder injury.

      Everton

      Tom Cleverly and Steven Pienaar are available for selection after recovering from injuries.

      Preview: Arsenal Vs Stoke

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      Arsenal goes into the game against Stoke City hoping to extend a run of 7 consecutive Premier League victories against the visitors. All competitions considered, Stoke’s away record at the North London side has seen them been beaten in their last 13 attempts. They will have to reverse this trend without Nzonzi who has since joined Sevilla and Afellay who is suspended. Much of their creative play will therefore depend on Xherdan Shaqiri who is gradually adapting to the demands of the league.

      Arsene Wenger has been criticised for not reinforcing a strike force that has failed to really fire. Their chance conversion rate stands at a woeful 5.6% with Olivier Giroud bearing much of the criticism. The Frenchman, whose hold up play which has become so important to the Gunners, will look to silence his critics and repay the faith his manager has shown in him by not making a new signing.

      Stoke under Mark Hughes have been pleasing to watch. The Arsenal manager even described them as a more technical team. But such praise will count for nothing if their rotten record at Arsenal is not brought to a halt. They have the unenviable job of keeping the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Ozil and Cazorla quiet and getting past Petr Cech who has slowly recovered after his nightmare debut against West Ham.

      Team News

      Arsenal

      The manager will have the opportunity to choose his first choice centre back pairing of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, even though Gabriel has shown he can be a reliable deputy if needed. There are no new injury concerns for the Gunners. Jack Wilshere, Danny welbeck and Tomas Rosicky remained sidelined with injuries.

      Stoke

      Creative players Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adams are both suspended for 2 and 3 games respectively while there are fitness doubts over the availability of Glen Johnson, Mame Diouf and Marko Arnautovic. Nigerian Peter Odemwingie could also miss out as he still lacks match fitness. Ryan Shawcross is also ruled out with injury.

      Preview: Newcastle United Vs Arsenal

      Chelsea v Arsenal - FA Community Shield

      Arsenal has had a poor start to the season considering the optimism generated by their strong pre season. Against Liverpool, the Gunners were denied by some poor finishing and excellent goalkeeping. Doubts may exist about Olivier Giroud’s ability to lead a title charge, but there is no denying the fact that he has a tremendous record against the Magpies. He has scored 8 goals in 6 appearances against the team from Tyneside.

      Steve McClaren’s side produced a heroic display against Manchester United and the manager will expect the same level of commitment. Florian Thauvin has a bright start to life in English football. AT Old Trafford, he looked comfortable before putting Northampton to the sword with a hat trick of assist and one in a convincing 4-1 win.

      The likes of Thauvin, Mitrovic and Wijnaldum will look to capitalise on any uncertainty in the Arsenal defence where Chambers and Gabriel may continue in the continued absence of Per Mertesacker and if Koscielny fails a late fitness test.

      The records do favour Arsenal though who have picked up 7 wins against Newcastle in 9 meetings, with the other two ending in draws. Newcastle’s home ground is not exactly a fortress. The club has only won 2 in 11 games played at ST. James Park.  The Gunners have also had a lot of joy on the road where they have picked up 19 points out of the last 21 available.

      Teams News

      Newcastle United

      Sissoko remains a doubt with a groin problem while RIviere and Marveaux are definitely ruled out with knee and groin injuries. Siem De Jong is also available after having a difficult last season which was disrupted by injuries. He completed 90 minutes in midweek in the Carling cup and even scored in a convincing Newcastle win.

      Arsenal

      Arsenal will definitely be without Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere and Thomas Rosicky who are all ruled out with injuries. Koscielny may miss out with a back problem while Mertesacker is unexpected to recover from illness in time for the early kick off. Gabriel and Chambers are expected to deputize for the pair.

      English Football News

      Arsenal cannot win the Premier League with just Olivier Giroud but can even challenge in Europe with Karim Benzema, according to Thierry Henry.

       

      But, Arsene Wenger has brushed off talk of a potential move for Karim Benzema as “just media talk” and hinted a new striker is not on his radar.

       

      Atletico Madrid have turned down €200 million (£141m)’s worth of bids by rejecting approaches for Koke, Jan Oblak, Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann this summer.

       

      Jorge Mendes is trying to accelerate the negotiations with Real Madrid and Manchester United for David de Gea to close as soon as possible. He is aware that situation is not comfortable for the Spanish goalkeeper.

       

      Manchester City will have to pay Wolfsburg’s asking price of £45m if they are to sign 24-year-old attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, according to the Belgium international’s agent.

       

      However, Wolfsburg managing director Klaus Allofs says that former Chelsea player De Bruyne has not asked for a transfer.

       

      The agent of Bayern Munich midfielder Mario Gotze has hinted the 23-year-old could move to the Premier League during the transfer window, with Arsenal and Manchester United showing interest.

       

      Former Leicester midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has joined Olympiakos after reportedly turning down offers from Aston Villa and West Ham.

       

      Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri says he was the original Tinkerman and that even Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola copied him.

       

      Jose Mourinho does not believe it is possible to sign elite players from Barcelona, Bayern Munich or Real Madrid unless the club want to sell them or the players are frustrated.

       

      West Ham are attempting to hijack Fiorentina’s bid to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini as they look set to lose out to Benfica in the race to lure Raul Jimenez from Atletico Madrid.

       

      Sunderland lead Everton in the chase to sign Manchester United youngster Adnan Januzaj on loan, though Louis van Gaal wants to wrap up a deal for Barcelona star Pedro before sanctioning the move.

       

      Everton are preparing a loan move for 23-year-old Inter Milan midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, who was close to a £12m switch to Stoke City before the move fell through.

       

      Steven Gerrard may be at LA Galaxy now but Liverpool are still firmly in his thoughts. He posted a picture on Instagram of Liverpool players celebrating along with the message: “I just wanted to wish the Reds the very best of luck for the season ahead, all my ex-team-mates and to the new boys that have signed. I’m sure it’s going to be an exciting one. I will be watching every match over here that I can.”

       

      Former Liverpool centre-back Jamie Carragher believes Everton defender and Chelsea target John Stones, 21, should stay at Goodison Park and develop under manager Roberto Martinez.Lazio captain Lucas Biglia has hinted he is open to joining Manchester United after the Red Devils launched a £17.5 million bid to sign him last month.