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.