Guardiola on Aguero: “he ll die scoring”

Sergio Aguero is on the verge of becoming Manchester City’s top goalscorer and Pep Guardiola joked the striker will “die scoring goals.”

The Argentina international is just one goal from equalling the 78-year record of Eric Brook, who scored 177 goals for City in the 1930s.

“He has to be proud and City has to be proud,” said Guardiola. “Being a long time in one place and breaking the record is so fantastic. I’ll try to help him score more goals. The record is going to be broken. Where? I don’t know. Maybe at home would be better.

“He has the character to score goals,” Guardiola said. “He had it in the past with Argentina, his mother and father gave him that talent. He will die scoring goals; there is no doubt about that.”


Pep Guardiola hails ‘legend’ Sergio Aguero as he edge closer to club’s all-time goalscoring record

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola praised “legend” Sergio Aguero, after the striker moved two goals away from equalling the club’s all-time record.

The Argentina forward scored his sixth Premier League hat-trick as City beat Watford 6-0 on Saturday.

The 29-year-old has 175 goals since joining City in 2011, with Eric Brook holding the club record of 177 goals.

“Hopefully that [the record] will happen very soon, and we can have a big celebration,” said Guardiola.

Ex-England winger Brook, who was at City from 1928-1940, scored his goals in 494 appearances.

Aguero has scored his in 259 games.

Guardiola added: “He’s a legend, and it’s a part of history in the club. Aguero’s numbers speak for themselves – he is amazing.”

Aguero’s hat-trick at Vicarage Road put him on 127 Premier League goals, moving him above Robbie Keane and Nicolas Anelka and level with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink on the competition’s all-time list.

He has scored five goals in five games this season.

Former England striker and record Premier League goalscorer Alan Shearer (260 in 441 appearances) challenged Aguero to get 30 league goals this season.

Aguero has scored 20-plus goals in four of the past six seasons, 26 being his highest tally in the 2014-15 campaign.

Ex-Liverpool striker Luis Suarez was the latest player to score 30, in the 2013-14 season.

Tottenham striker Harry Kane was the Premier League’s top scorer in the past two seasons with 29 and 25 goals.

“Watford could not get near Aguero,” said Shearer on Match of the Day.

“It was a top performance. For a centre-forward to play in this City team must be an absolute dream, with the chances created and the pace going forward.
“I think you are looking for Aguero to get 30 league goals this year.”

Former England defender Phil Neville added: “Aguero does two things really well. When he goes short, he takes a defender into an area he’s not comfortable with.
“But when he runs in behind it’s very difficult because he’s so small with a low centre of gravity.”

Aguero’s EPL goalscoring stat

  • Six Premier League hat-tricks, only Alan Shearer (11), Robbie Fowler (9), Michael Owen and Thierry Henry (8) have more.
  • 12th on all-time Premier League goalscorers list, with Robin van Persie 11th on 144 goals and Teddy Sheringham 10th on 146
  • Most Premier League goals by a non-European player
  • Scored 20 Premier League goals in four of past six seasons

Pep Guardiola confirms striker Kelechi Iheanacho transfer to Leicester is close, reveals buy-back clause

Manchester  City boss Pep Guardiola has confirmed Kelechi Iheanacho is finalising a transfer to Leicester City.

The striker has stayed behind in the UK and not travelled with the City squad for their pre-season tour in the US as a move to Leicester edges ever closer.

Wilfried Bony, who spent last season at Stoke, also looks to be on his way out, but Guardiola insists the only reason he is absent from City’s American tour is due to injury.

While also admitting City have placed a buyback clause in Iheanacho’s proposed transfer.

“It was/is an honour to work with him because it was not easy for him because I did not give him a little opportunities,” Guardiola said of Iheanacho. “His behaviour, I’ve never saw a guy like him (before).

“He is close to making a deal, a transfer and he decided to stay in Manchester. Maybe next week or the next 10 days he is going to finish.

“We have an option to have the opportunity in a few years to bring him back.

“But he’s a young player and we believe he deserves to play. He needs to play at that age and that’s why him, the club and everybody, we decide what’s best for him.

“Bony is injured. If he wasn’t injured, he would be here but he had a little problem. It’s nothing important and serious, but he is recovering in Manchester.”

Dani Alves set for talks with Manchester City

Dani Alves is ready to hold talks with Manchester City and Chelsea after reportedly coming to an arrangement with Juventus on his contract.

 Alves is understood to be close to agreeing a £100,000-a-week contract with Pep Guardiola’s side.
The Brazilian full-back signed a two-year deal, with an option to extend with Juve last summer after leaving Barcelona, but the 34-year-old has managed to terminate his deal in Turin.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, claims Alves has “asked to resign his contract” and will soon be free to negotiate a move away from Serie A with Man City and Chelsea both keen on his services.

Alves’ agent had a meeting with Juventus on Monday and made the club aware of his client’s desire to leave after just 12 months in Turin.

The defender is believed to be keen to link up again Pep Guardiola, who managed him at Barcelona – a coach he has claimed is a “genuis”.

“If you turn the word ‘computer’ backwards, it spells ‘Steve Jobs’. If you turn the word ‘football’ backwards, it spells ‘Pep’,” Alves wrote for the Players’ Tribune website ahead of the Champions league final last month. “He is a genius. I’ll say it again. A genius.”
Man City were reported to be preparing a £5million bid for Alves, but now the player will move on a free transfer after Juve and Alves came to an agreement on his remaining 12 months.

It is not clear whether Alves had to buyout his Juventus contract, but he will likely demand a big signing on fee from his new suitors, which will likely negate any fee he stumped up to Juve.

Dani Alves respond to rumours of his exit to Manchester City 

Dani Alves has hit out at claims that he is on the verge of leaving Juventus.
It was reported that Manchester City are closing in on the signing of the Juventus’ 34-year-old Brazil right-back.
The experienced defender won Serie A and the Coppa Italia, as well as reaching the Champions League final, in his first season at Juve since completing a free transfer from Barcelona last year.
The Brazil international wrote: “Don’t spread sh*t, [Higuain] sent a video for me in a television programme. Don’t do your job badly, please.”
Alves has 12 months left on his contract in Italy.

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  • ​Midfielder Michael Carrick will be staying with Manchester United until at least June 2018 after signing a new one-year contract.

  • Manchester United are in talks with Inter Milan about the potential signing of Croatia winger Ivan Perisic. Inter have set a price of €55million for the 28-year-old Croatia international, but United have so far bid just  €40million for Perisic.

  • Chelsea are also interested in signing Ivan Perisic from Inter Milan.
  • Manchester United are poised to offer manager Jose Mourinho a new five-year contract.
  • Manchester City are planning to open talks with manager Pep Guardiola over a long-term deal beyond the three-year contract he signed on his arrival last summer.
  • Meanwhile, Guardiola is facing pressure from City’s owners to bring back Joe Hart after the 30-year-old’s season-long loan at Torino.
  • Arsene Wenger thinks his 35 years in management means he remains the right man for Arsenal, although his future remains unclear.
  • Chelsea and Arsenal are interested in Italy international Belotti, who could cost £85m.
  • Stoke are preparing a £45m package to sign striker Wayne Rooney, 31, from Manchester United. Their sponsors Bet365 will fund the £45million package for Rooney, with former United man Mark Hughes desperate to get the 31 year-old on board.

  • Rooney is looking at moves to China or the United States after Everton cooled their interest in the England captain.

  • Luis Enrique insists he is feeling “no sorrow” as he departs Barcelona after leading them to more silverware. 
  • “No sadness at all, total joy,” he said after the game.
  • Diego Costa says the only club he would leave Chelsea for is his old side Atletico Madrid.
  • Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says Antoine Griezmann will stay at the club, despite interest from Manchester United.
  • Jose Mourinho has urged vice-chairman Ed Woodward to tie up a quick deal for Burnley defender Michael Keane.
  • Injured out-of-contract Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, has several offers from other clubs and will definitely stay in Europe, according to his agent.

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic is ready to talk about extending his stay at Manchester United after ruling out a move to the MLS.
  • West Ham have put in an offer for Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho.
  • The Hammers are prepared to meet the £140,000-per-week wage demands of Everton’s England midfielder Ross Barkley, 23.
  • Tottenham and Everton both want Hull City defender Harry Maguire, 24.
  • Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing Celtic striker Moussa Dembele, 20, but face competition from AC Milan.
  • Liverpool are ready to challenge Manchester clubs City and United for the signature of Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, 22.

  • Manchester United face competition from Roma for Benfica and Sweden central defender Victor Lindelof, 22, who is valued at £35m.
  • Valencia have given up on keeping Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, with City not willing to accept an offer of below the £15.7m option in his loan contract.
  • Rafa Benitez wants to bring Napoli’s Pepe Reina back to the Premier League with Newcastle.
  • Newcastle target Michy Batshuayi, 23, has refused to rule out a loan move next season – insisting he is prepared to “go wherever Chelsea” send him.
  • Burnley are considering a move for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, 27, who has hardly played for the Toffees since a £13m move last year, but scored five goals while on loan at Hull for the second half of this season.

  • Marco Reus is facing six months out with cruciate ligament damage picked up in Borussia Dortmund’s 2-1 DFB Pokal final win against Eintracht Frankfurt, according to a report in Bild.

  • Marseille are stepping up their bid to sign Laurent Koscielny.
  • AC Milan have emerged as rivals to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in the race to sign Celtic striker Moussa Dembele.
  • Manchester City and Arsenal are chasing Dinamo Zagreb starlet David Colina.
  • Romelu Lukaku is at the centre of a world-record £100m tug-of-war between Chelsea and Manchester United.
  • Tottenham have offered £2m for Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez, but the Spanish club want £3m for the ‘keeper currently on loan at White Hart Lane.
  • Ally McCoist wants the Sunderland job and a chance to link up again with the Black Cats’ chief executive, Martin Bain.
  • Neil Warnock has emerged as a surprise candidate to take over at Sunderland.

  • Sunderland will make an official move for Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes in the next 48 hours.
  • Crystal Palace may have to pay Fulham around £5m in compensation if they want to secure the services of boss Slavisa Jokanovic, as the Serb does not have a release clause in the contract he signed with the Cottagers in February.
  • Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner will be offered a new £2.5m-a-year contract if his side beat Reading in Monday’s Championship play-off final.
  • Former Barcelona and Juventus defender Martin Caceres is in talks with Celtic and Leicester after deciding to quit Southampton.
  • Swansea and Brighton have  stepped back into the chase for Arsenal target Henry Onyekuru, the goalscoring winger from Belgian side Eupen.
  • Swansea are poised to make a bid for Las Palmas midfielder Roque Mesa, as they look to replace £30m-rated Gylfi Sigurdsson.
  • West Ham want to sign Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford and use Adrian as a makeweight in a deal worth around £25m.
  • A young sports physiotherapist has died just days after retiring from Mansfield Town FC due to a terminal cancer diagnosis. Matt Salmon, 25, had worked for the club for three-and-a-half years, mainly as the academy physio.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Manchester City confirms Guardiola as their next coach

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

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

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Eden Hazard has decided that he wants to leave Chelsea at the end of the season. Paris Saint-Germain are frontrunners but they face competition from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

Cristiano Ronaldo is set to leave Real Madrid in the summer, with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain keen to sign the 30-year-old Portugal forward.

Gareth Bale, 26, could join Chelsea, Bayern Munich, Manchester United or PSG if he chooses to leave Real Madrid.

Lionel Messi scores twice as Barcelona come from behind to beat Espanyol, who finish their Copa del Rey tie with nine men.

Manchester United approached 56-year-old Carlo Ancelotti about his availability this summer in November, but the former Real Madrid and Chelsea boss turned down the chance to replace Louis van Gaal in favour of taking over at Bayern Munich.

United believe Bayern boss Pep Guardiola, 44, will be Manchester City’s next manager.

Guardiola wants City to try to sign Barcelona playmaker Lionel Messi, 28, and defender Gerard Pique, 28, as well as versatile Bayern Munich player David Alaba, 23, and Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

However, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, 49, is refusing to give up his bid to land Guardiola as their next manager.

Chelsea have told former Barcelona coach Guardiola they will offer him a better contract than City and a big budget to sign players.

Manchester United have ended Adnan Januzaj’s season-long loan at Borussia Dortmund early because of a lack of games.

AC Milan lead the chase for Manchester United’s 28-year-old midfielder Marouane Fellaini, but Inter, Juventus and Roma are also interested in the Belgium international.

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho could miss the rest of January after suffering a hamstring injury in the League Cup against Stoke.

The Reds are lining up a £37 million bid for 23-year-old Granit Xhaka, with the Reds prepared to break their transfer record for the Borussia Monchengladbch midfielder

Everton sign Switzerland Under-21 striker Shani Tarashaj from Grasshoppers Zurich and loan him back to his old club.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is trying to sign Neven Subotic, 27, on loan from Borussia Dortmund, while Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia, 27, is also a target as the Reds try to bring in a central defender.

Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is fined £700 after admitting speeding in Cambridgeshire.

Former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who last played in April 2014, announces his retirement from professional football.

Aston Villa boss Remi Garde could return to former club Lyon to sign 27-year-old striker Claudio Beauvue, who is on the transfer list.

Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland, with the 25-year-old already in the north-east of England for a medical.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce, who recently called Klopp a “soft German”, says the Reds boss has only himself to blame for the club’s injury problems.

Former Aston Villa goalkeeper Shay Given, 39, says the Premier League’s bottom club should make signings in preparation for being in the Championship next season.

Aston Villa’s Spanish winger Adama Traore is ruled out for up to 10 weeks after breaking a bone in his foot.

Montreal Impact’s former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, will retire from playing to join Blues manager Guus Hiddink’s backroom staff.

In the summer of 2015, now Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane turned down a staggering €13 million offer to coach an undisclosed Saudi Arabian club.

Norwich City are targeting a move for Timm Klose after being pushed back in their bid for Inter centre-back Andrea Ranocchia.

Stoke’s 26-year-old Austria forward Marko Arnautovic has turned down the offer of a new contract at the Britannia Stadium.

Radamel Falcao is set to end his Chelsea loan spell and return to Monaco, with the Colombian striker already training with the French club this week following fitness tests.

Norwich have put a £15m price on winger Nathan Redmond in an effort to put off Premier League rivals Crystal Palace, who are interested in the 21-year-old.

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are interested in signing 24-year-old QPR centre-back Steven Caulker, who is on a season-long loan at Southampton.

Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer is in line for a move to Stuttgart as the German club look to enhance their defensive options with the out-of-favour Spurs player.

West Ham are considering a move for 21-year-old Grays striker Dumebi Dumaka.

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil has been named the best “German abroad” by influential magazine kicker.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has said he wants to remain in the Premier League even if his contract is not extended at Anfield, while joking he could join Real Madrid.

Manchester United striker Ashley Fletcher has joined Barnsley on loan.
Fletcher, 20, has penned a youth loan deal with the League One side and will remain there until Feb. 6.

Former France manager Raymond Domenech says Zinedine Zidane is like a god and feels the new Real Madrid boss will be the best candidate to succeed Didier Deschamps as coach of Les Bleus.

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Cristiano Ronaldo is still expected to leave Real Madrid in the summer despite the club appointing Zinedine Zidane as the new head coach.

Real Madrid are willing to pay £100m to sign Chelsea’s Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 24.

The move could prompt Chelsea to pursue the signing of Real forward Gareth Bale, 26.

But Manchester United are hoping to sign the Wales international for £75m this month – and working with “boyhood hero” Ryan Giggs, the club’s assistant manager, could be key in attracting his compatriot.

Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, 44, will become Manchester City manager in the summer.

Should Guardiola move to City, the club will look to reunite him with Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, 28.

Guardiola could yet move to Manchester United – if they act quickly. The Spaniard has spoken to both Manchester clubs, turned down an offer from Chelsea and would also consider Arsenal.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini says he would accept the sack from the club this summer, if he left with the Premier League title

Pellegrini believes it is “impossible” for his side to achieve the quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup.

United are closing on a deal for Lazio star Felipe Anderson and are ready to make a £36.7 million bid to ensure the transfer goes through.

Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City are all monitoring Jamie Vardy’s contract situation at Leicester City, with the Foxes yet to offer the striker a new deal.

Chelsea have made a £45 million bid for Everton defender John Stones after missing out on the England international in the summer.

The Blues are reluctant to let 29-year-old striker Loic Remy – a target for Newcastle, Aston Villa and Crystal Palace – leave on loan unless they find a replacement

But, Remy could join Monaco on loan in the January transfer window

Juventus are set to launch a bid for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera after officials from the Serie A champions visited Old Trafford and were impressed by the Spaniard.

Sporting have rejected a £15 million bid for striker Islam Slimani from Crystal Palace.

Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed training on Tuesday. The 26-year-old has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool.

Striker Bas Dost is dissappointed with his situation at Wolfsburg and wants to leave the Bundesliga side in January.

Liverpool are set to recall Tiago Ilori from his loan spell at Aston Villa after a series of injuries to their central defenders.

Joe Cole, 34, is set to complete a permanent move to Coventry, with Aston Villa allowing the former England midfielder to be released from his contract six months early.

Former Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is considering offers from Watford and Crystal Palace.

Tottenham are set to reward Dele Alli for his fine form by offering him a new deal to double his wages to £20,000 per week.

City have shown an interest in Real Betis full-back Cristiano Piccini with Pablo Zabaleta possibly leaving in the summer. Everton have also watched the player.

Arsenal, Manchester United, Tottenham and Manchester City are all keen on signing Lille’s Sofiane Boufal, though a move is not likely until the summer.

Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi is in talks to join Reading on loan, with Royals boss Brian McDermott knowing the youngster from his time as a scout for the north London outfit.

West Brom sent scouts to watch Tottenham’s Under-21 side take on Manchester United to keep tabs on winger Andros Townsend.

Bournemouth have spoken to AC Milan regarding a loan move for Stephan El Shaarawy with the Italy international set to have his spell at Monaco cut short.

Bournemouth have made an enquiry as to the availability of Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook, with the Cherries preparing a £5 million bid.

Swansea will not recall winger Nathan Dyer, 28, from his loan spell at Leicester in the January transfer window.

The Swans are keen to bolster their attacking options with the loan signing of Chelsea youngster Islam Feruz.

Everton are expected to sign Grasshopper Zurich’s Switzerland Under-21 striker Shani Tarashaj, 20, on Wednesday.

The Toffees have ended Celtic’s hopes of re-signing the club’s former winger Aiden McGeady, 29, as they will not subsidise his wages as part of a loan deal.

Watford are close to signing Fiorentina’s Spain midfielder Mario Suarez, 28.

Former West Ham winger Morgan Amalfitano is set to reject Aston Villa and instead join Lille on a free transfer.

Newcastle have held initial talks with Bordeaux regarding a deal to bring midfielder Henri Saivet to Tyneside, with the Ligue 1 outfit wanting £3 million.

General Charles Krulak – an Aston Villa board member who served in Vietnam and the first Gulf War – says he “faced way bigger losing battles and won them” during his military career than the predicament currently facing the Premier League’s bottom club.

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Louis van Gaal, 64, plans to resign as Manchester United manager if they lose a fifth game in a row – against Chelsea on 28 December.

Manchester City could be a step closer to making Pep Guardiola their next manager after director of football Txiki Begiristain met with the 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss last week.

Chelsea have chosen Manuel Pellegrini to become their next permanent manager and view the Chilean as the ideal candidate after Jose Mourinho’s turbulent reign.

Real Madrid are doing everything in their power to persuade Jose Mourinho to return to the Santiago Bernabeu, following his sacking at Chelsea, but the Portuguese boss would prefer a move to Manchester United.

Mourinho, 52, would like to replace Roy Hodgson as England manager if the 68-year-old leaves the job after next summer’s European Championship.

The Football Association, however, is lining up Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, 54, and Valencia manager Gary Neville, 40, to replace Hodgson.

Chelsea interim manager Guus Hiddink says he will speak to striker Diego Costa about his temperament after the 27-year-old Spain international was booked against Watford, ruling him out of Monday’s match against Manchester United.

Didier Drogba has recommended to Chelsea’s decision-makers that the Stamford Bridge club should take steps to re-sign Romelu Lukaku back from Everton.

Carlo Ancelotti has begun planning his summer signings for when he takes over at Bayern Munich & will return to former club Real Madrid to try sign Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos.

Real Madrid will not make a bid for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea in January, but will launch a £40 million bid in the summer of 2016.

The Spanish giants are keeping close tabs on Dinamo Zagreb playmaker Ante Coric, a Croatian Under-21 international. A financial proposal has not yet been made by the Spanish club.

With Denis Cheryshev struggling for first-team appearances at Real Madrid, Villarreal are looking at making a move for the Russian winger in the winter window.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is said to have made contact on several occasions with Neymar’s camp over a move to the Bernabeu, though each team the answer has been the same: not interested.

Barcelona director Ariedo Braida is said to be a big fan of Lazio midfielder Antonio Candreva, with the player himself interested in a move to Camp Nou. Barca would be unwilling to meet the player’s current valuation of €35 million, however.

Manchester City are planning a £30m bid to take Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28, to Etihad Stadium.

However, Leicester City will offer Jamie Vardy a new contract that will see his wages doubled from their current £40,000 per week.

Kevin de Bruyne has urged his Manchester City team-mates to give injured captain Vincent Kompany a happy new year by claiming top spot in the league for his return.

The agent of 19-year-old Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane has told Liverpool he does not want to discuss a potential transfer for the £11m-rated player until the summer.

In the market for a new goalkeeper, Liverpool are weighing up the merits of a move for Lazio shot-stopper Federico Marchetti.

Alternatively, the Reds could bid £15 million for Galatasaray goalkeeper Fernando Muslera as they look to replace the out-of-form Simon Mignolet.

Arsenal will make a £33 million bid in January for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak as they look to cover the loss of Francis Coquelin in midfield.

Arsenal have agreed a £5 million deal to bring Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny to the Emirates Stadium, with the 23-year-old having undergone a medical.

Tigres winger Jurgen Damm, said to be one of the fastest players in the world with the ball at his feet, has attracted the interest of Arsene Wenger. The £10.1m-rated wideman is also being monitored by PSG and Sporting CP.

Manchester United are set to lodge a £10 million bid for Mainz striker Yoshinori Muto in a bid to bolster their attacking options.

Former United striker Dwight Yorke said his old club were “painful to watch” as they lost 2-0 at Stoke.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to sign Matt Ritchie, 26, from Bournemouth but West Ham, West Brom and Manchester United are also keen on the winger.

Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor will be allowed to leave next month for £3m – and three clubs in the United Arab Emirates are interested in signing the 29-year-old forward.

The Villans will offer QPR £8m for striker Charlie Austin, 26, in the January transfer window.

West Ham United and Crystal Palace are on the trail of Juventus striker Simone Zaza, who could be available for £19.9 million, as the Italian is behind Mario Mandzukic, Paulo Dybala and Alvaro Morata in the Turin pecking order.

Stoke are considering a permanent move for 25-year-old Ghana forward David Accam – the top scorer for MLS side Chicago Fire last season – after he impressed during a trial.

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Manchester United are ready to make a move for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward looks to muscle in ahead of Manchester City and Chelsea.


But, City are set to land Pep Guardiola after offering him the most lucrative contract in the history of football. The Spanish coach will receive a record-shattering €25 million (£18m) per season.


Another report suggests Guardiola is close to agreeing a three-year-deal with City but is holding out for an offer from either United or Chelsea before he makes a final decision.


Chelsea have sounded out Chile manager Jorge Sampaoli as Hiddink’s potential successor next season.


Chelsea would have to continue paying Mourinho, who was sacked as Blues manager earlier this month, even if he became United boss.


The Blues are also plotting bids for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, 24, in a deal worth £110m and could finance the move by selling playmaker Eden Hazard, 24.


Liverpool’s hopes of signing Fiorentina striker Giuseppe Rossi, 28, have been boosted after the player’s agent told Italian radio station Radio Marte he is 99% certain to leave in January.


The father of reported Liverpool target Marko Grujic has confiscated the passport of the 18-year-old Red Star Belgrade midfielder in an attempt to block a move despite the Serbian club saying they have accepted a £5.14m bid.


Arsenal have suffered a blow after one of their targets in the January transfer window, Jorginho, signed a new deal to keep him at Napoli until 2020.


Arsenal full-back Calum Chambers, 20, is heading back to Southampton on loan – 17 months after joining the Gunners from the Saints for £16m.


The Gunners are in the hunt for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, who could cost up to £25 million, though Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested in the Algerian.


Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, 22, has claimed that both Manchester United and Tottenham want to sign him but wants to stay with Steve McClaren’s side.


Paris Saint-Germain are set to tie down Marco Verratti to a new five-year contract, as the Ligue 1 champions attempt to hold onto one of their prized assets.


Milan are set to swoop for out-of-favour Sunderland winger Jeremain Lens as they look to bolster their options in wide areas.


Napoli duo Juan Zuniga and Jonathan de Guzman are close to agreeing moves to Bournemouth.


Bournemouth are set to swoop for Manchester United youngster Ben Pearson in a January deal worth up to £1million.


Manchester City’s new badge may have been leaked accidently by the Intellectual Property Office ahead of its intended launch date on Boxing Day.


Leicester City’s owners will reward the club’s fans at their last home game of the year against Manchester City by giving them all a free beer.


The hiring of Gary Neville as manager of Valencia was based on his qualifications not friendship, according to club owner Peter Lim.

Lim, a Singaporean businessman, co-owns semi-professional Salford City F.C. with Neville and other members of the Manchester United class of 1992.


Arsene Wenger has defended under-pressure Manchester United counterpart Louis van Gaal and said his treatment is “disrespectful.”


Jordi Cruyff could delay Fulham’s plans to appoint Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Slavisa Jokanovic before 26 December.


Lionel Messi told his countryman and former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron that he had a desire to play for Internazionale in Serie A.


Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Rafinha has backed Neymar to overtake Blaugrana teammate Lionel Messi as the best in the world, but cautions the “from another planet” Argentine is still No. 1 and is his pick to win a fifth Ballon d’Or trophy in January.


David Villa has crowned the Barcelona attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez as “undoubtedly” the best in the club’s history.

Villa, Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer, won the 2011 Champions League with the Blaugrana alongside Messi and Pedro up front. That team’s triumph came just two seasons after the trio of Messi, Thierry Henry and Samuel Eto’o fired the Catalans to the club’s third UCL crown.

While three years before that still, Messi, Ronaldinho and Eto’o often provided the offence as Barcelona stormed to Champions League glory against Arsenal in Paris.

“I can say I was part of one of the best forward lines that the club has had.”


Tottenham striker Harry Kane was told he can match Lionel Messi’s scoring record for the year with 21 goals against Norwich on Saturday. “No problem,” he said on Twitter.


Former Liverpool and England keeper David James could be a surprise appointment as the new Luton Town boss.


Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Southampton are all pondering a £10million swoop for out-of-favour Chelsea striker Loic Remy in January.


Montreal Impact are in talks with Didier Drogba amid reports he is set for a player-coach role back at Chelsea.

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Jose Mourinho’s agent denies a deal has been agreed for the former Chelsea boss to replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United.


Louis van Gaal stormed out of a news conference after blaming the media for stories that he is on the brink of losing his job.


Van Gaal is still clinging onto his job as Man United manager because club officials want to stand by their word and give him the chance to meet the effective ultimatum he was set.


Real Madrid are set to move for recently sacked Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with president Florentino Perez worried that head coach Rafa Benitez has lost the dressing room after falling out with James Rodriguez and Isco.


But Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano says he finds it hard to believe speculation in the local media that Mourinho will replace Benitez as coach in the coming days.


If Mourinho is appointed as United boss, his first move would be to sign Galatasaray playmaker Wesley Sneijder.


United are also considering Paris St-Germain boss Laurent Blanc as a potential replacement for Van Gaal, should they fail to land Pep Guardiola.


One of the conditions for Carlo Ancelotti signing for Bayern Munich is that Robert Lewandowski will not be sold to Real Madrid.


After the Spanish midfielder was booed by Chelsea fans in the 3-1 win over Sunderland, Real Madrid are interested in bringing Cesc Fabregas to the Santiago Bernabeu, as the playmaker has fallen out with a number of Blues team-mates.


Fabregas has welcomed Pat Nevin’s apology after the latter suggested the midfielder was leaking negative comments about Mourinho


Pep Guardiola will join Manchester City in the summer according to reports in Germany, despite rumours linking the Bayern Munich boss with Manchester United.


Manchester City could join Chelsea in the race to sign £30 million-rated Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy.


Chelsea are looking to make Inter Milan and former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini their next permanent manager.


Alternatively, Abramovich will have to change Chelsea’s transfer strategy to make Diego Simeone the club’s next permanent manager, as the Argentine would demand the final say over technical director Michael Emenalo on all incoming players.


Meanwhile, the Blues have agreed to sign £30m-rated Brazilian midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, from Shakhtar Donetsk.


Manchester United have been given the green light by PSG to sign winger Lucas Moura, with Liverpool expected to rival Louis van Gaal’s side for the £22 million-rated Brazilian.


Wayne Rooney has led crisis talks between senior Manchester United players and Louis van Gaal. The striker is desperate to save the Red Devils’ season.


Liverpool are lining up a January move for Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, who is considering his future having fallen out of favour at Camp Nou.


Red Star Belgrade have confirmed they have accepted a £5.1million bid from Liverpool for Marko Grujic, who will stay in Serbia on loan.


Ashley Cole is ready to make a fresh start in MLS and join Steven Gerrard at LA Galaxy after a forgettable spell with Serie A side Roma.


Arsenal are ready to start contract talks with Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil, with the duo expected to take home a combined total of £300,000 per week.


But French midfielder Mathieu Flamini, 31, is set to leave the Gunners when his deal expires in the summer despite having never lost a league game at home.


Cristiano Ronaldo, has given his Twitter followers a look around his £4.8m mansion, which has seven bedrooms, a swimming pool and mini football pitch.


Real want Andriy Yarmolenko, the new ‘pearl’ of Ukrainian football who had been groped by FC Barcelona.


Real are interested in 17-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe.


Ex-Norway striker and German television pundit Jan Age Fjortoft believes Van Gaal will be sacked and replaced by assistant Ryan Giggs in the next few days, possibly even before Christmas.


Everton are set to be taken over by an American-led consortium within the next six weeks.


Aston Villa are prepared to offer West Ham reject Morgan Amalfitano a route back into the Premier League


Villa are considering Leicester City midfielder Gokhan Inler and Bodeaux winger Wahbi Khazri as possible transfer targets


Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 24, is closing in on a move to Liverpool after rejecting a contract offer from Schalke.


Bournemouth look set to beat Watford to the signing of 22-year-old Roma forward Juan Iturbe.


Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan, 36, is interested in playing in the MLS.


Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 27, says he was “disappointed” he was dropped for Sergio Aguero by manager Manuel Pellegrini for Monday’s match against Arsenal.


Sampdoria want to sign Leicester’s 28-year-old French defender Yohan Benalouane in the January transfer window.


Southampton tweeted a pictureof goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 27, on his return to full training after nine months out with a knee injury.

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Jose Mourinho has agreed a deal in principle to take over as manager of Manchester United,though the final decision onwhethe to sack Louis van Gaal is yet to be made.


United made contact with former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho about replacing Van Gaal, even before Saturday’s defeat to Norwich.


Meanwhile, Both Roma and Monaco have targeted Mourinho as a possible new manager should either Rudi Garcia or Leonardo Jardim be sacked.


Chelsea have lined up Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini as a permanent replacement for Mourinho.


City are favouritesPep Guardiola has requested Manchester City to make Luis Suarez their priority summer signing when he takes over at the Etihad Stadium.


Bayern Munich have confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will become their new coach at the end of the 2015-16 season after Guardiola decided not to renew his contract with the Bundesliga champions.


Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini were each banned for eight years by the FIFA ethics committee on Monday in a stunning takedown of world football’s most powerful leaders.


Chelsea captain John Terry has said Mourinho lost his job because it was not possible to “get rid of a lot of players” but said he is still not ruling out a top-four finish this season.


Lionel Messi declared Barcelona are the “best team in the world” after becoming Club World Cup champions with a 3-0 win against River Plate in Sunday’s final.

Messi, 28, returned from a kidney issue to start the game in Yokohama against Copa Libertadores champions River, and opened the scoring after 33 minutes with a fine finish from Neymar’s header down.

Luis Suarez scored twice more after half-time as Barca added a fifth trophy to the Champions League, La Liga, Copa del Rey and European Supercup titles already won in 2015.


Arsenal and Barcelona are set to swoop for Inter’s Marcelo Brozovic after an agreed move to Chelsea broke down in the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s departure.


Chelsea are set to make a January bid for Liverpool striker Christian Benteke as they look to bolster their attacking options.


Manchester United will bid £29m in January for Leicester’s Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 24.


Chelsea’s Colombia striker Radamel Falcao, 29, wants talks with new manager Guus Hiddink to find out if he has a future at Stamford Bridge.


Hiddink, in charge on a temporary basis until the end of the season, wants former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba to be part of his coaching staff at Stamford Bridge.


Drogba is being groomed as a future Chelsea manager with Roman Abramovich keen to bring the 37-year-old back to the club.


Netherlands winger Jeremain Lens, 28, has been dropped from the first team by Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce and fined two weeks’ wages for refusing to take part in a post-match workout, after the 1-0 defeat by Watford on 12 December.


And Allardyce will try to sell Lens when the transfer window opens in January.


Juventus wish to sign Sevilla’s Ever Banega in order to bolster their midfield options. Ilkay Gundogan of Dortmund is another player they like.


Espanyol are set to make an offer for Liverpool youngster Jerome Sinclair in January after talks over a new deal stalled.


Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot would be open to joining Arsenal in January.


Arsene Wenger has revealed he regrets not signing Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 21, while the England international was at QPR.


Manchester City’s Spanish midfielder David Silva, 29, wants to see out the final three-and-a-half years of his contract.


Swansea look set to allow caretaker boss Alan Curtis to continue over Christmas instead of bringing in Marcelo Bielsa.


Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal gave a trial to a youngster who had stood outside the club’s training ground for weeks and begged for a chance.


Liverpool appeared to jinx goalkeeper Adam Bogdan before he made his first Premier League start for the Reds. The club’s official Snapchat uploaded a photograph of Bogdan in the pre-match warm-up with the caption ‘safe hands’. Just three minutes into the match, the Hungarian dropped a corner, allowing Nathan Ake to tap in.


Gareth Bale took home the match ball after his four-goal display in Real Madrid’s 10-2 win over Rayo Vallecano…and put iton top of his Christmas tree. The Wales forward tweetedto say it was the “perfect Christmas present”.


Manchester United striker Anthony Martial has tweeted his disappointment after Saturday’s defeat to Norwich, and says the club “have to win the next game”.


After winning the Fifa Club World Cup, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique tweeted “for my superiors” in response to Real Sociedad’s Esteban Granero. Former Real midfielder Granero had defended Los Blancos defender Alvaro Arbeloa over a dispute with Pique and told the Barcelona defender to “respect your superiors”.


Social media goes crazy over Inter Milan midfielder Felipe Melo’s neck-high challenge on Lazio’s Lucas Biglia.

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Former Real Madrid head coach Carlo Ancelotti is set to be appointed as boss at Bayern Munich on a three-year deal, with current coach Pep Guardiola set to leave at the end of the 2015-16 season.

A deal for Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola, 44, to become Chelsea boss in the summer is 90% done.

But another report claims Guardiola is a big fan of Arsene Wenger’s philosophy at Arsenal and could be open to succeeding the French boss at the Emirates.

Australia’s national football team website has congratulated former coach Guus Hiddink on his appointment as Jose Mourinho’s successor at Chelsea, though no official confirmation has yet been released by the Premier League club.

Former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman claimed that the Dutchman had revealed to him he would take over, but the Socceroos website took the speculation to a new level after publishing their own announcement and sharing their congratulations on Twitter.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has denied the club are planning a move to make Mourinho their next manager.

After the sacking of Mourinho, Guus Hiddink, 69, is set for a second short-term stint in charge of Chelsea, but Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is the Blues’ long-term target.

Simeone, 45, is yet to be convinced a move to Stamford Bridge is right for him.

Mourinho was sacked soon after eating Christmas lunch at the club’s training ground.

Manchester United have ordered a complete overhaul of their youth academy over the next 12 months to avoid falling further behind cross-town rivals City.

With Paris Saint-Germain seemingly ready to offer Robert Lewandowski £15 million per year, Manchester United are willing to match the French side’s offer to bring the Pole to Old Trafford.

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Angel Di Maria thinks his club can bring his Argentine countryman Lionel Messi to the team in the near future.

Di Maria thinks where Messi ultimately winds up is down to finances and said that PSG can compete with any club in the world on that front.

Manchester United are monitoring Servette’s 15-year-old striker Lorenzo Gonzalez, who is nicknamed ‘Speedy’ after Mexican cartoon mouse ‘Speedy Gonzales’.

Bournemouth are preparing to bid for Hull defender Curtis Davies in January. The 30-year-old centre-back’s contract expires at the end of the season, and the Championship club may be willing to let him go to avoid losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

Brighton’s fear that Manchester United striker James Wilson, 20, will be recalled from his loan spell have been played down by United reserve-team coach Warren Joyce.

On-loan Hull striker Chuba Akpom, 20, has apologised after throwing his gloves at the bench when he was substituted against Reading.

Emmanuel Adebayor is in talks with Chelsea after being frozen out at White Hart Lane.

Chelsea flop Papy Djilobodji is the subject of interest from Marseille, who want to strengthen the heart of their defence. He will move on a loan deal with an option to buy.

Swansea City will move for Sevilla boss Unai Emery if they fail in their attempt to land Marcelo Bielsa.

Sunderland have agreed a deal to sign Lorient centre-back Lamine Kone.

Manchester City are keeping tabs on Charlton Athletic’s 18-year-old striker Ademola Lookman.

Wolfsburg are said to be the first club to make an offer for Basel’s Breel Embolo. The Bundesliga side are hopeful their offer of €18 million will be enough to beat Juventus, Manchester United and Chelsea to the 18-year-old’s signature.

Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac is a January transfer target for Manchester City, according to the 22-year-old’s agent Gordon Stipic-Wipfler.

Jose Mourinho’s penultimate day as Blues boss was marred by a shoving match after a tackle from Cesc Fabregas during a training session involving players from both the first team and academy.

Demba Ba has shed light on the managerial methods that led Chelsea to sack Jose Mourinho, describing the Portuguese’s style as “very exhausting” and admitting that he is not a coach who looks to rebuild the confidence of his players.

According to Voetbal International Memphis Depay and Robin van Persie fell out before Kazachstan – Netherlands in October. “Do big guys play at Fenerbahçe?” is what Depay reportedly said to RVP.

Broadcaster Piers Morgan says Mourinho’s dismissal is “the worst decision in football history”.

Manchester United teenager Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has broken a club record, by having the longest name of any player to appear for the Red Devils.

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas wrotea tribute to Mourinho: “Thank you for all you have done for me. I owe you a lot and we will all miss you. Good luck in the future.”

Harry Redknapp who replaced Juande Ramos as Spurs manager when they had only two points from eight games in 2008, joked the Spaniard would be a “fantastic candidate” for the Chelsea job.

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Chelsea will hold an emergency board meeting on Wednesday to discuss the future of manager Jose Mourinho.

Former Tottenham boss Juande Ramos has emerged as a shock candidate to become Chelsea’s manager until the end of the season if Mourinho is sacked.

Or Chelsea could re-sign either Guus Hiddink or Carlo Ancelotti, who top their shortlist, on a short-term basis.

Chelsea’s players are turning on Mourinho and themselves.

In a bid to compete with Real Madrid’s big-spending policy, the two Manchester sides could make a staggering £1 billion worth of business in the summer, with Neymar and Lionel Messi among their stellar targets.

Louis van Gaal is starting to lose the Manchester United dressing room, with players having openly questioned his tactics after the 1-1 draw at Leicester at the end of November.

Swansea are hoping to appoint Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, 60, as Garry Monk’s successor before their game against West Ham this Sunday.

If Real Madrid sack Rafael Benitez, they will replace him with Zinedine Zidane. The board is rapidly losing faith with the former Chelsea boss after the weekend’s loss against Villarreal.

Carlo Ancelotti is in advanced talks with Bayern Munich to replace Pep Guardiola at the end of the season.

Guardiola has confirmed he will make a decision on his future next week amid speculation linking him with Manchester clubs.

Former Italy boss Marcello Lippi would be interested in taking over at Lyon, should they sack under-pressure coach Hubert Fournier after a poor start to the season.

Reports in the Belgium media claim Eden Hazard faked his hip injury against Leicester in an attempt to ‘boycott’ Mourinho.

Mourinho has told his players he should have sold some of them in the summer.

It is a question of when, not if, Mourinho will be sacked, with Chelsea likely to have to pay £10m to get rid of the Portuguese.

And Mourinho will not be able to spend his way out of trouble as Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will not sanction a large transfer outlay during the January window.

A lack of options for a move away from Stamford Bridge means Eden Hazard will not leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.

Chelsea will return with a new £40m bid for Everton defender John Stones, 21, when the transfer window opens in January.

Leicester City and Algeria forward Riyad Mahrez, 24, says he is staying at the Foxes until the end of the season despite being linked with Arsenal and Tottenham.

Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is on course to receive a huge bonus after being promised an extra £100,000 for every place above 17th that City finish in the Premier League table. The Foxes are two points clear at the top.

Sergio Aguero has returned to full training as he steps up his recovery from a heel problem ahead of Man City’s trip to Arsenal on Monday

Southampton want England and Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, who turned out for Spurs’ Under-21s on Monday.

Napoli have joined the race with Manchester United for Fulham forward Moussa Dembele. Everton, Tottenham and Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the 19-year-old.

Juan Manuel Iturbe is unhappy with his lack of playing time at Roma and wants to depart in the winter. Watford lead the race, ahead of AC Milan and a clutch of other Serie A sides.

Tottenham will learn on Wednesday whether their revised plans for a new £400m 61,000-seater stadium will get the go-ahead.

Midfielder Alex Song, who is on loan at West Ham from Barcelona, caused a stir when he turned up for trainingon Tuesday wearing a suit and…a pair of white shoes.

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech equalled the Premier League clean sheet record on Sunday in the 2-0 win at Aston Villa, with his 169th shut-out in the English top flight. To mark the occasion, his wife baked him a cake depicting the keeper in his full Gunners kit. “Found this in the morning…My wife’s baking,” he wrote on Twitter.

Arsenal’s attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil is way ahead of the game when it comes to Premier League assists. The German has got 13 so far – six more than Everton’s Gerard Deulofeu in second. Even when he’s soaking up the sun, setting up goals is very much on his mind – why else would he add the hashtag #alwaysassisting to this Instagram snap?Arsenal play Manchester City next Monday.

UEFA president Michel Platini will not attend his FIFA Ethics Committee hearing on Friday in protest because he believes his case has been pre-judged.

Sepp Blatter has said Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will face “similar sanctions” to Barcelona if they are found guilty of infringing FIFA rules on youth players.

Championship club Huddersfield Town have come up with a new money-making venture – pre-paid funeral plans. A Town-themed funeral costs £4,195 and includes a blue and white coffin or a traditional coffin draped with a Huddersfield shirt, and the name and number of the deceased.

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Manchester United are considering sacking manager Louis van Gaal and replacing him with former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti in order to seal a move for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Alternatively, United still hope they can beat rivals Manchester City to the signing of Pep Guardiola and have increased their contact with the Bayern Munich manager.

Napoli have made United’s Uruguayan defender Guillermo Varela, 22, a target for the January transfer window.

Paris St-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, 23, could move to Old Trafford to make room in the French champions’ squad for Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says Marco Verratti would fit in perfectly at the European champions.

Swansea are monitoring Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli’s dispute with the country’s football federation, but former Brighton and Sunderland manager Gus Poyet remains the frontrunner for the Swans’ vacant managerial post.

Van Gaal has been compared to controversial Republican presidential candidacy frontrunner Donald Trump in a critical newspaper editorial in the city.

Roy Hodgson has been told by the Football Association to reach the last eight at Euro 2016 to earn new two-year deal as England boss.

The FA will consider a foreign coach to succeed Hodgson if his four-year reign with England comes to an end after next summer’s tournament in France.

Bayer Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling, 31, has suggested he may have played his last game for the club, increasing speculation that he could be on his way to Liverpool in January.

Jorgen Klopp is hopeful the injury Dejan Lovren sustained against West Brom is not serious as the club await the results of a scan on the defender’s knee.

Crystal Palace are leading the way in the chase for 24-year-old Juventus striker Simone Zaza, who is also wanted by Watford and Norwich.

Juventus general manager Beppe Marotta has dismissed reports the club are considering selling Paulo Dybala to Barcelona — just months after he moved to the Bianconeri from Palermo.

Ex-Manchester United defender Jaap Stam – currently an assistant coach at Dutch side Ajax- is keen to take his first step into management with Fulham.

Norwich and Sunderland are both keeping a close eye on Utrecht and France Under-21 striker Sebastien Haller, who is valued at around €9 million.

Stuttgart are facing competition from Eintracht Frankfurt for Bayern defender Jan Kirchhoff. He is looking for a transfer this winter to get more playing time.

Borussia Dortmund are monitoring Cesena midfielder Franck Kessie. The Ivorian teenager is out of contract next summer.

Questions have been raised over the future of Leeds manager Steve Evans after owner Massimo Cellino appeared in the dressing room twice in recent weeks during half-time. Evans had previously said he would quit if Cellino interfered with tactics.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is on his way to Japan with his team for the Club World Cup, but has found the in-flight pyjamas a little baggy for his 5ft 7ins frame.

Tottenham forward Harry Kane is not mincing his words in the wake of his side’s defeat by Newcastle on Sunday. “Very bad result. We need to learn to keep our foot on the pedal when 1-0 up and kill teams off,” he wrote on Twitter.

Former Chelsea goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini congratulated ex-team-mate Petr Cech as the now-Arsenal stopper matched David James’ record of 169 Premier League clean sheets. “Many congratulations for such a great achievement. Many more to come for the best GK ever in PL. #Topclass,” he tweeted.

Stoke striker Peter Odemwingie joined new British heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua following his win over Dillian Whyte on Saturday night.

Arsenal’s official Twitter feed got a little over-excited after Aaron Ramsey put them 2-0 up against Aston Villa on Sunday, wrongly awarding him a second and third goal inside a minute.

Jurgen Klopp says he did not shake hands with Tony Pulis after Liverpool’s 2-2 draw against West Brom “because it was not a friendly game”.
On Pulis, he said: “I didn’t see him after the game. I can say nothing. We had some words in the game; sometimes it takes more than a few seconds to cool down.
“Usually I shake hands, I did not today because it was not a friendly game.”

Derby County are set to win the race to sign highly-rated Cheltenham Town youngster Luke Thomas.
The likes of Southampton and Tottenham have been credited with an interest in Thomas

Jose Mourinho claims it is too easy for foreign managers to earn Premier League jobs – and believes English coaches should fear for their futures.

Diego Costa is happy to stay at Chelsea but will not leave a legacy to match that of Didier Drogba at Stamford Bridge, according to manager Jose Mourinho.

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Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, but they are concerned they have left it too late to beat neighbours City to the ex-Barcelona boss.

But Guardiola is under pressure to stay in Germany and reject a job at Manchester City or Manchester United – from his wife.

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has been sounded out by the German giants who are preparing for life after Guardiola.

Valencia wanted to appoint Ryan Giggs ahead of giving Gary Neville the job, but the Manchester United assistant manager turned down the Spanish club as he believes he is in line to take over at Old Trafford after Louis van Gaal.

United are on the trail of the FC Zurich youngster Nishan Burkhart, with the 15-year-old Swiss youth winger thought to represent an investment for the future after being likened to a young Theo Walcott.

The Red Devils have watched Paris St-Germain’s 17-year-old striker Odsonne Edouard and are ready to move if he rejects a new contract with the French champions.

Real Madrid will look to re-sign Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 27, if they sell 24-year-old James Rodriguez.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 32, will be offered a £24m deal to leave Manchester for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG.

However, City are watching PSV Eindhoven’s highly-rated Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Pereiro, 20.

Corinthians’ 26-year-old Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato, on loan at Sao Paulo, says he would be happy to play in the Premier League.

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez says he will not talk about the personal problems that affected 30-year-old forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s form earlier in the season, adding: “Now that he is scoring I’m calm because that will give him more confidence and help him to score even more.”

Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi is subject to a tug of war between Arsenal and north London rivals Tottenham.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez faces a battle to keep John Stones from moving in January, and he has earmarked Arsenal’s Calum Chambers as a potential replacement.

Newcastle will make an £8 million approach for Tottenham’s Andros Townsend, signalling a change of transfer policy as they had not previously made a habit of moving for English players.

Liverpool’s French defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, could return to the first team next weekend after resuming full training following five weeks out.

New Valencia boss Gary Neville says he has eaten paella every day since taking charge of the Spanish club.

Ex-Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole, 34, says his former club could still win the Premier League this season. Cole, now at Coventry, said: “That team could beat everyone from now until the end of the season.”

“Football in England is beautiful thanks to Jean-Marc Bosman,” said…Jean-Marc Bosman, 20 years after the Belgian midfielder won a landmark case at the European Court of Justice allowing out-of-contract players to leave clubs.

Wales and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey was excited after his country was drawn in the same Euro 2016 group as England. He said:”All getting very real now. Can’t wait to face England.”

Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty was similarly thrilled by the prospect of next summer after Michael O’Neill’s side were grouped with Germany, Poland and Ukraine. “What a test for us to show everyone how far our wee country has come,” he said.

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane said:”Who’s looking forward to the summer already?”

Republic of Ireland were drawn with Italy, Belgium and Sweden, and keeper Shay Given said:”Tough draw for us but still very excited about next summer, bring it on.”

After Bournemouth beat Manchester United 2-1, Cherries defender Adam Smith said:”What a result against United today. Lads were unreal.”

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea responded to the loss by saying:”A painful defeat and a disappointing situation, there’s no excuse. We are Manchester United and we’ll fight back.”

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was relieved by his side’s win over Swansea. He said:”Left it late but we did it again, congrats to the lads. Vital three points.”

Kompany’s team-mate Yaye Toure added:”We will fight until the end. Always!! Great to get the win today!!”

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie was happy after his side’s 1-0 win over Southampton ensured they stayed sixth in the Premier League. He said:”Great win, fantastic atmosphere, well done lads.”

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku scored for the seventh successive game but his side were unable to win after dominating the first half. He said:”Difficult to accept but we need to keep on working to turn draws into wins.”

Watford striker Troy Deeney was happy with a 1-0 win at Sunderland. He said:”Wasn’t bad for a ‘very beatable team’. Not a great performance but we got the job done.”

Jurgen Klopp is renting former boss Brendan Rodgers’ old home on Merseyside from him. The house was previously owned by ex-Reds skipper Steven Gerrard.

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Chelsea could sack manager Jose Mourinho whether or not they beat Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Owner Roman Abramovich may act if the Blues lose to Porto and then against leaders Leicester in the Premier League next weekend.

David Moyes will be offered a return to the Premier League as replacement for beleaguered Swansea City boss Garry Monk.

But Moyes would not be interested in a return to Premier League management via Swansea City, it has been claimed. The Scot, who was fired as Manchester United boss a little over 18 months ago, is once again out of a job.

Santi Cazorla could miss the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery. The Gunners will be hoping the initial suggestion he will be sidelined for three months will turn out to be true instead.

Manchester United plan to take a back seat when Pep Guardiola’s contract with Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season, leaving the way open for Manchester City to pursue the 44-year-old former Barcelona coach at the expense of Manuel Pellegrini.

United are set to sit down with coach Louis van Gaal early next year in an effort to finalise whether he will leave in 2017 or be offered an extension. He has previously suggested he will depart at the end of his current contract.

But Guardiola is willing to wait until 2017 to join United following reports that the club will not oust Louis van Gaal to bag the Bayern Munich boss.

Van Gaal has the full confidence of the club’s board and will be afforded a transfer fund of £200 million to spend in the summer window.

Manchester United and Manchester City are both keen to sign Chelsea’s £10m-rated midfielder Charly Musonda with the 19-year-old eager to have regular first-team football.

United are willing to spend £50 million on a striker in 2016, with Tottenham’s Harry Kane top of their wishlist. The Red Devils don’t think they’ll be able to sign the England international until the summer, though.

Antoine Griezmann is Chelsea’s No.1 transfer target for the upcoming January transfer window. It may well prove impossible to pry the French attacker away from Atletico Madrid midway through the season, though, such is his importance to the club.

Xabi Alonso could return to Real Madrid if Pep Guardiola leaves Bayern Múnich. The Spanish player’s contract with the German club ends in 2016.

Former Chelsea mainstay Ashley Cole could be in line for a return to the Premier League in January, with Aston Villa pondering a move for the soon-to-be free agent.

Red Devils midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, 31, could face a three-match ban for his clash with West Ham defender Winston Reid, 27, on Saturday.

New Valencia head coach Gary Neville has urged his new club to sign Leicester striker Jamie Vardy, 28.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he has received a message of congratulations from former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after his impressive start to life at Anfield.

Newcastle United striker Papiss Cisse is being watched by Galatasaray ahead of a potential January transfer bid. The striker is used sporadically in the first team by Steve McClaren.

Arsenal are in contention to sign Paris St-Germain winger Lucas Moura, 23, and could offer in excess of £30m for the Brazilian, who has also been linked with Manchester United.

Arsenal target Adrien Rabiot, 20, has requested a loan move away from Paris St-Germain as he struggles to get game time at the Ligue 1 leaders.

Louis van Gaal says his team are not ready to win the Champions League even if they manage to beat Wolfsburg this week to secure a place in the knockout.

Tottenham’s plans to build a new 61,000 capacity-stadium have been labelled “an act of pure vandalism” due to the planned demolition of three Victorian and Edwardian heritage buildings.

Pochettino has warned off any potential interest for Hugo Lloris, 28, by saying the goalkeeper is key to the future of the football club.

David Silva may have returned for Manchester City at Stoke, but Manuel Pellegrini says injuries were still to blame for his side’s 2-0 loss.

The Leicester City players seem to be enjoying their time as Premier League leaders, dressing up as characters such as Spiderman, Iron Man and Batman, with striker Andrej Kramaric posting a picture on Instagram.

Claudio Ranieri says Leicester City showed they are more than just a one-man team after thumping Swansea City.

Former Liverpool midfielder Igor Biscan has been found guilty of attacking a taxi driver in his hometown of Zagreb, Croatia by butting him in the face.

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal performed a trick shot in his kitchen to get an orange back in the fridge. He posted a video on his neat footwork on Twitter.

Former Arsenal winger Robert Pires feels the Gunners should sign Southampton’s powerhouse midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, who is “world-class material”.

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Bayern Munich are prepared to fight for Pep Guardiola amid reports the Spanish boss has agreed to join Manchester City next season.


Guardiola is “understood” to see Manchester United as his preferred option when he decides to leave the German giants.


However, Guardiola, has also refused to answer questions about reports in his native Spain linking him to the manager’s job at City.


Real Madrid have added Guardiola to the list of possible replacements for Rafa Benitez.


Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, is ready to return to Manchester United, even if he gets an offer from French champions Paris St-Germain.


Real have made Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno a January transfer target, causing fears that they’ll lose the Spaniard midway through the season.


Juventus are desperate for a new midfielder, with Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan top of their shortlist.


Manchester City will offer £28.1 million to sign with Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. The Brazilian player impressed the Citizens in the last Champions League matchday.


City defender Martin Demichelis, 34, could leave the club in January, with Rosario Central interested in taking the Argentine back to his homeland or move to MLS club New York City FC.


Chelsea are ready to make a £30m bid for Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, in January.


Brazilian Teixeira has revealed the reigning Premier League champions are now in “deep” talks to sign him.


Chelsea midfielder Willian, 27, has been backed to break the record for the most number of goals from free-kicks in a single Champions League season by the man who set it – ex-Lyon midfielder Juninho Pernambucano.


Leicester City would be willing to let in-form striker Jamie Vardy leave in the January transfer window, should Chelsea or Manchester City offer more than £30m for the 28-year-old.


Plenty of current and ex-professionals congratulated Jamie Vardy on breaking Ruud van Nistelrooy’s record, including the former Manchester United striker. The Dutchman tweeted:”Well done Vardy7! You’re number one now and you deserved it.”


Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is a fan of Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and could make a mega-bid in the coming months.


Real Madrid are keeping tabs on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic ahead of a January bid, though Barcelona are also monitoring the situation.


Arsenal are set to enter the race for Everton defender John Stones, 21, and manager Arsene Wenger is willing spend big to land his man.


However, the Toffees defender has also alerted La Liga giants Barcelona after it was reported he is taking Spanish lessons.


Arsenal have also emerged as the frontrunners to sign Germany midfielder Lars Bender, 26, from Bayer Leverkusen in January.


The Gunners are keen to beat north London rivals Tottenham to the signing of teenage striker Breel Embolo, who is valued at £21 million by Basel.


Tottenham are ready to offer England winger Andros Townsend, 24, plus cash in a £25m package for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22.


Liverpool are ready to make a £20m swoop for Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland, 22, but face competition from Merseyside rivals Everton.


Jurgen Klopp will look to raid his old club for £31.5m-rated winger Marco Reus and defender Mats Hummels, both 26, valued at £24.5m.


Manchester United could resurrect a deal for Paris St-Germain forward Lucas Moura, 23, who they almost signed four years ago.


AC Milan’s 16-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who is understood to have impressed Manchester United and Chelsea, is worth £119m, according to his agent Mino Raiola.


Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho, 25, says he is on course to make his comeback from his knee injury over the festive period.


Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has some advice for Aston Villa’s 20-year-old Jack Grealish, who has been dropped after his partying antics were criticised. Carragher says ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier told him: “Don’t go to the nightclubs now. Buy a nightclub when you have finished playing.”


West Ham are reviving their interest in 27-year-old Inter Milan full-back Danilo D’Ambrosio after failing to agree a deal in the summer.


The Football Association is to ask the Premier League to reduce the elite division from 20 clubs to 18, in a move the FA believes will give leading clubs more breathing space as they contest European honours and would also help England.


Everton and Aston Villa are monitoring £15m-rated Burnley striker Andre Gray, 24, who began the season at Brentford and has scored 11 goals this term.


Former Magpies manager Chris Hughton, now in charge at unbeaten Championship side Brighton, insists McClaren is the right man for Newcastle.


Jose Mourinho has claimed former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba criticised the club because he is looking to sell copies of his new book.


Neymar said he wants to extend his Barcelona contract after scoring more in Saturday’s 4-0 La Liga win against Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou.

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Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract with the German champions runs out next summer, says it is “boring” to stay at one club for too long.

Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he failed in a bid to sign Robert Lewandowski for Chelsea while he was in charge at Stamford Bridge.

Ancelotti has told Goal that Jose Mourinho will not be sacked by Chelsea despite the Premier League champions’ disappointing start to the campaign.

Mourinho says he is “a lonely guy”, and admits Nemanja Matic is struggling with a crisis of confidence at Chelsea this season

Mourinho still believes his side can win the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup this season, despite a poor start to their campaign.

Chelsea’s Belgium winger Eden Hazard, 24, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid – and he could be in trouble with Blues boss Jose Mourinho after appearing to ‘like’ a post on Instagram suggesting he could move to the Spanish club.

Aston Villa may consider a move for 36-year-old Swansea boss Garry Monk if they decide to replace Tim Sherwood, 46, as manager.

Villa’s 33-year-old former England midfielder Joe Cole, who has joined Coventry on loan, believes Sherwood can hold onto his job and keep the club in the Premier League.

FIFA has confirmed that it will keep its presidential election date of Feb. 26 as uncertainty surrounds Michel Platini’s candidacy.

Fenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira insists there is no truth in reports linking striker Robin van Persie with a shock move to Barcelona

Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed rumours concerning Yaya Toure’s future at Manchester City after the Ivorian commented that he was “unhappy”

Louis van Gaal has ruled Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow.

Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta claims the Serie A club turned down an offer from Liverpool for Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio, 29, and also rejected several formal bids for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce will not move for ex-West Ham and Newcastle midfielder Kevin Nolan, 33, as he would prefer to sign a striker.

Callum Wilson has revealed that he is aiming to return from a cruciate knee ligament injury to first-team action for Bournemouth by April

Bastian Schweinsteiger was treated ‘like a dog’ by Santi Cazorla after Louis van Gaal got his tactics wrong against Arsenal, says Gary Neville.

Manchester City are set to challenge Arsenal for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who would cost around £21 million.

Radamel Falcao’s grandmother has criticised Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho and Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal for not showing more confidence in the 29-year-old Colombia striker, who joined the Blues on loan from Monaco this summer after a temporary spell at Old Trafford last season.

After scoring Stoke’s winner against Swansea on Monday, Bojan, tweeted a picture along with the message:”Incredible performance from everyone! 3 points & 3 wins in a row. Come on.”

Tottenham winger Nacer Chadli said he would “come back stronger”after potentially suffering ankle ligament damage in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Saturday.

Chadli is set to miss “around six weeks”

Everton are obliged to reward Brendan Galloway with a new contract after the defender triggered a clause in his contract having made 10 first team starts.

The agent of Arsenal target Lorenzo Insigne says the 24-year-old Italy striker wants to stay at Napoli “for life”.

Former Everton and Manchester United manager David Moyes, 52, wants to stay in charge at Real Sociedad. The Scot has been linked with Aston Villa.

Klopp believes he has the “complete footballer” at his disposal – 29-year-old England midfielder James Milner.

Klopp has total faith in striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, despite the England international’s latest injury absence.

Tottenham’s Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 28, wants talks with Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino over his role in the team as he competes with Eric Dier, 21, and Dele Alli, 19, for a place.

Former Manchester United captain Rio Ferdinand was told off by a guardfor putting his feet on the seat on a train.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino plans to stay on at Elland Road despite his suspension from running the club by the Football League.

Delhi Dynamos left-back and former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise, 35, has criticised Reds full-back Jose Enrique, and told the Anfield club’s striker Daniel Sturridge he will have to increase his work rate under new manager Jurgen Klopp.

Louis van Gaal has ruled Ashley Young, James Wilson and Paddy McNair out of Manchester United’s Champions League clash at CSKA Moscow.

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during the Barclays Premier League match between Stoke City and Liverpool at Brittania Stadium on August 9, 2015 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola has reached a verbal agreement with Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain to take over at the Etihad Stadium next season.

Bayern will try to renew their coach’s contract, but have also approached Jurgen Klopp as a contingency plan.

Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Kluivert and Michael Ballack could be among the star names signed up to play each other in tournament action in 2017 after plans for a new Legends World Cup were announced.

Mexico will stage the tournament, open to retired players between the ages of 35 and 45, with proceeds going to charities in the host country.

Sepp Blatter, Michel Platini and Jérôme Valcke suspended for 90 days.

FIFA’s ethics committee has made the recommendation to suspend president Sepp Blatter for 90 days.

The suspension has to be confirmed by Judge Hans-Joachim Eckert of the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee.

UEFA has begun disciplinary proceedings against Dinamo Zagreb player Arijan Ademi after the midfielder failed a doping test following his team’s shock Champions League win over Arsenal last month, the Croatian club have confirmed.

Dinamo Zagreb's Arijan Ademi
Dinamo Zagreb’s Arijan Ademi

Arsenal are optimistic that Laurent Koscielny will return to action for the Champions League clash with Bayern Munich later this month

Incoming Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, 48, will give the club’s players a chance to prove themselves – rather than planning significant changes straight away.

Klopp’s first big task at Liverpool will be to keep Philippe Coutinho after Manchester City targeted the 23-year-old Brazil playmaker as a long-term replacement for David Silva, who turns 30 in January.

Coutinho is not set to leave Liverpool for Real Madrid, according to the Brazil international’s agent.

Former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers will be among the candidates should the FA look to replace Roy Hodgson as England boss after Euro 2016.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez and Real Sociedad boss David Moyes are also on a shortlist of potential replacements

Sunderland will let Sam Allardyce name his terms in a final bid to make him their new manager.

David Beckham has been unable to reconcile the rift between ex-Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and former skipper Roy Keane to enable the latter to appear in a charity match at Old Trafford in November.

Cristiano Ronaldo has said his former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has an extremely compassionate side to his personality.

Speaking in an upcoming BBC documentary entitled “Sir Alex Ferguson: Secrets of Success,” Ronaldo said that he had shown great understanding before his father’s death in 2005.

“When my dad was sick in London and was in hospital — very bad, in a coma — I had a conversation with [Ferguson],” Ronaldo said. “I said, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good.’

“We are in a key moment in the league and the Champions League, but I say, ‘Boss, I don’t feel good. I want to see my dad.’

“[He said] ‘Cristiano, you want to go one day, two days, one week, you can go. I’m going to miss you here because you know you are important, but your dad [comes] first.’

“When he told me that, I thought, ‘This guy’s unbelievable.'”

Former Barcelona player and coach Johan Cruyff says that current Blaugrana star Lionel Messi is a better player than Cristiano Ronaldo, as the Real Madrid Galactico is just “a great goal scorer” who does not concern himself with how the team plays overall.

Sergio Aguero will adopt the No. 10 shirt for Argentina while it is left vacant due to the injury of its usual wearer, Lionel Messi.

“I wore it for the first time against Bosnia, in a friendly in the United States, and Leo said: ‘When I am not around, Kun has to use it.’ Then he started to send me messages: ‘Are you going to wear it? You’re not going to chicken out?’

Wayne Rooney, 29, will miss England’s final two Euro 2016 qualifiers against Estonia and Lithuania because of injury.

Manchester United are set to rival Bayern Munich for the signing of Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi, who has a £37 million release clause.

United forward James Wilson is a loan target for Celtic.

United centre-back Regan Poole, 17, has been unable to play a competitive game more than a month after his transfer from Newport County – because he still has not had international clearance to move from Wales to England.

Cesc Fabregas has voiced his belief that Jose Mourinho is the best coach for Chelsea, and it’s just a matter of time before the Blues begin to turn their season around.

Mourinho is to bring out a new book – six days after saying he was going through the most difficult period of his career.

Reports suggest Chelsea will announce the signing of veteran goalkeeper Marco Amelia on Thursday.

La Liga president Javier Tebas says English football should allow reserve teams to play within its league system – as happens in Spain – in order to produce better players.

  • West Ham chairman David Gold hopes moving to the Olympic Stadium will boost the club’s female fan base because it is based close to a shopping centre.
  • Tottenham are interested in signing Gent striker Laurent Depoitre, 26, in January and will also make a new bid for West Bromwich Albion’s England Under-21 forward Saido Berahino, 22.
  • Spurs forward Harry Kane has responded to a six-year-old fan who wrote a letter asking if he would come round for a kickabout on Friday – the day England play Estonia. Kane replied: “I’ll ask Roy Hodgson but I think I’ll have to be at Wembley!”
  • A Liverpool supporter believes they have spotted the club’s likely new manager Jurgen Klopp ordering a new car at a dealership in the city.
  • Aston Villa are planning to make a January bid for Mainz goalkeeper Loris Karius, 22, as doubts remain over the form of 31-year-old American Brad Guzan.

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Paris St-Germain will make a move for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho if his second spell at Stamford Bridge comes to a premature end.

Chelsea will make a £20m January bid for Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, in an effort to beat Tottenham to the signature of the former Celtic player.

Manchester United are considering a £36 million move for Valencia left-back Jose Luis Gaya, who is also wanted by Chelsea, or £15m January move for West Ham left-back Aaron Cresswell, 25, after Luke Shaw broke his leg

United are considering Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola as a possible replacement for Louis van Gaal when he eventually leaves Old Trafford.

Van Gaal says the team he is building with young signings like Anthony Martial, 19, and Memphis Depay, 21, is for the new manager when he retires at the end of his three-year contract.

Manchester United have allayed the fears of attacker Adnan Januzaj that he is no longer in their plans after being shipped out to Dortmund on loan.

Southampton boss Ronald Koeman says a possible move for Sadio Mane, 23, to Manchester United was never discussed and the winger could get a new contract at St Mary’s.

Southampton have targeted 16-year-old Swedish prospect Rafael York who is already a regular for Sandviken in the Swedish second division.

Chelsea and Arsenal are leading the chase for Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 22, who plays for Sion in Switzerland.

Jose Mourinho has told captain John Terry, 34, who was on the bench against Arsenal on Saturday, that he is still his number one player.

Arsenal are also keen on Marseille’s Belgium international Michy Batshuayi, 21, to supplement their strikeforce.

Liverpool striker Divock Origi will be sent out on loan in January if Daniel Sturridge can remain fit. The Reds feel the young Belgium forward needs more regular game time.

Liverpool’s signing of striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, could end up costing them £30m.

Stoke forward Bojan Krkic made his first start since suffering a cruciate ligament injury in January as Stoke drew 2-2 at home to Leicester on Saturday. “Mixed feelings,” the Spaniard wrote on Twitter.”Even though I scored, we didn’t win, which was the most important thing. We learn and go again!”

Newcastle chief scout Graham Carr watched Alexandre Lacazette and Samuel Umtiti in Lyon’s draw with Gent in the Champions League in midweek.

Manchester United new boy Anthony Martial posed for selfies with a traffic warden during a night out.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle says Manchester United have lost their “fear factor” under Van Gaal.

Former Bolton and West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has said he does not know whether he will return to management.

Liverpool’s decision to award a five-year contract to 25-year-old defender Mamadou Sakho has been met with bemusement by former Reds player Mark Lawrenson.

Fifa vice-president and Uefa executive committee member David Gill, the former Manchester United chief executive, wants the summer transfer window to close before the start of the season instead of at the end of August.

Chris Smalling says Van Gaal’s training methods have improved him as a player.

Chelsea striker Diego Costa tweeted a photo of the celebratory scenes in the Chelsea dressing room after their 2-0 win over Arsenal on Saturday. “Great win today, thanks for the support,” he added.

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Touretweeted his reaction to Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat against West Ham. “We are frustrated and disappointed with the result,” the 32-year-old wrote. “But there is no time to feel sorry for ourselves. We must bounce back. We will.”

Arsenal’s French connection was again in evidence as TV channel Canal voted referee Mike Dean their man of the match in the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat at Chelsea following his dismissal of Arsenal defender Gabriel.

Bayern Munich’s Germany World Cup winner Mario Goetze plans to help refugees by auctioning his boots embroidered with the hashtag #refugeeswelcome.