EPL results: United thrash Everton on Rooney’s Old Trafford return; David Luiz sees red as Arsenal hold Chelsea

Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal
Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton

  • Manchester United 1 – 0 Everton

Manchester United made it a frustrating homecoming for Wayne Rooney, while Romelu Lukaku enjoyed victory against his former team, as they thrashed Everton 4-0 at Old Trafford on Super Sunday, to move joint top of the Premier League with Manchester City.

Wayne Rooney’s return to Old Trafford ended in a dismal defeat – embossed by three late goals – which sent Everton into the bottom three.

The Manchester United’s all-time leading scorer watched his former team-mates take an early lead thanks to a fantastic strike from Antonio Valencia from 25 yards.

Rooney had Everton’s two best opportunities but once he left the pitch with nine minutes to go his former employers hit overdrive.

Lukaku found Henrikh Mkhitaryan to steer home United’s second goal.

Lukaku Belgium then bundled in the third himself at the far post, and substitute Anthony Martial added a stoppage-time penalty.

United and Manchester City have an identical record at the top after five Premier League games – wins, points, goals scored and goals conceded – with Pep Guardiola’s team on top only alphabetically. If the two teams had identical records at the end of the season, there would be a play-off.

The result leaves Everton with just four points after their first five Premier League games, although their tricky fixture list, which has seen them take on United, City, Chelsea and Tottenham, is behind them now.

  • Chelsea 0 – 0 Arsenal

Arsenal earned their first point at Chelsea in six years – a fully deserved reward for an excellent display that could even have brought victory against the Premier League champions, who finished with 10 men, after David Luiz was sent off late on.

Arsene Wenger’s side had lost both of their previous games on the road this season – at Stoke and Liverpool – but might have picked up all three points at Stamford Bridge, as Aaron Ramsey struck the post in the first half and Shkodran Mustafi had a goal disallowed in the second.

The Gunners had previously only kept one clean sheet in their past 18 league games at Stamford Bridge.

Pedro missed Chelsea’s best chance in the first half when he raced clear but was blocked by Arsenal keeper Petr Cech.

Chelsea defender Luiz was sent off in the closing stages for a nasty challenge on Sead Kolasinac, as 12th-placed Arsenal missed the chance to climb into the top half, while Chelsea remain third behind Manchester United and Manchester City.

Antonio Conte says it is “strange” his Chelsea side have finished a game against Arsenal with 10 men for the third time running.

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UEFA Super Cup- Real Madrid beat Manchester United to retain Super Cup title

Real Madrid 2-1 Manchester United

Real Madrid lifted a second successive UEFA Super Cup after a 2-1 victory over Manchester United in Macedonia.

In the battle of last season’s European trophy winners, it was the Champions League holders who took the lead with Casemiro opening the scoring in the 24th minute.

Zinedine Zidane’s side doubled their lead in the 53rd minute through Isco and were in total control until Romelu Lukau pulled one back for the Europa League winners.

United rallied late on with substitute Marcus Rashford denied by Keylor Navas and it was Real who held on to become the first team to win successive UEFA Super Cups since AC Milan in 1989 and 1990.

Real coach Zinedine Zidane called Mourinho’s bluff by playing Gareth Bale 24 hours after the Manchester United manager had suggested bidding for the Wales star if he was left out of the line-up —

and Zidane won just about every other battle on the night as well.

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku reject comparison with Drogba, Lewandowski and Ronaldo – “i want to create my own history”

Romelu Lukaku insists his best is yet to come after the Manchester United new boy played down comparisons between himself and some of Europe’s elite goalscorers.

The forward has now been working with his new club in the United States for two weeks, opening his account against Real Salt Lake before scoring a superb goal in the 2-0 defeat of Manchester City in Houston.

It was a goal any of Europe’s elite would have been proud of, but Lukaku knows he is a way off being considered in the same bracket as the likes of Robert Lewandowksi or Cristiano Ronaldo.

“Yeah, of course (I want to reach that level) but winning trophies at the end of the day (is key),” Lukaku said.

“At the end of the day you want to win trophies. “I’m a goalscorer, I’ve always scored goals throughout my career. Also in Europe, when I played in the Europa League, my record is really good.

“Now I think the Champions League is the next stage where I have to prove myself and the club wants to do well in it as well.”

Asked if he was at the level of Lewandowski and Ronaldo right now, he quickly replied: “No, no, no – I’m far from that level. “But it’s the level I want to aim for. But it’s all about the team. I want the team to win trophies and I’ll do everything that I can in my powers to make sure the team wins.

“Keep improving – there is always room for improvement. I just want to become the best player that I can be. “I will never say it’s good enough. I will always say that I can improve. “I’m 24 years of age. I can’t say I’m the complete package. I can’t say I’m in my prime. “There is a lot of work to be done and I’m delighted that there is still work to be done. That means I can become even better than I am now.”

Lukaku on Drogba comparisons

Lukaku may not yet be at his peak, but Mourinho has been pleased by what he has seen, praising the new boy at nearly every public appearance.

The United boss speaks about Lukaku with similar excitement to how he once did about Didier Drogba – a player Lukaku idolised and worked with at Chelsea.

“Not really, I’m different,” the Belgium international said when comparisons to the job Drogba did for Mourinho were brought up.

“Drogba is more of a hold-up player, a target-man. I prefer to have ball to feet and run in behind.

“It’s something we’re totally different at. We might have physical similarities but I think we’re totally different players.

“And I’m Romelu Lukaku – at the end of the day I want to create my own history. I’m at Manchester United, he was at Chelsea.”

Lukaku and Rashford help Manchester United  sink Guardiola’s Manchester City 

 Manchester United  2 – 0 Manchester City 

The first ever Manchester derby on foreign soil went United’s way as Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford put City to the sword 2-0 in Houston.

A year on from a quagmire pitch forcing their Beijing meeting to be called off, the cavernous NRG Stadium, host of the Super Bowl earlier this year, witnessed history as the rivals met in the International Champions Cup.

Lukaku’s superb goal from an acute angle and a Rashford drive proved the difference in Texas, where Jose Mourinho’s United racked up their third friendly win as Pep Guardiola’s City opened pre-season with a 2-0 defeat.

The 67,401 under the roof in Houston were not only treated to a relatively entertaining friendly but a dollop of razzmatazz, epitomised by rapper Drake leading out the players in darkness before they were blasted with dry ice.

Play swung from end to end when football eventually became the focus, with United taking control as half-time approached.

Lukaku embarrassed Ederson Moraes by latching onto a fine Paul Pogba pass and continuing to slot home from an improbable angle, with the new City goalkeeper’s positioning again under scrutiny as Rashford struck soon after.

Lukaku saw an effort come back off the woodwork early in the second half, but there was to be no more goals as play lost momentum as Mourinho and Guardiola rang the changes.

Some of the pre-match razzle- dazzle in Texas was ridiculous, as was the City team shown on the big screens.

Centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo was shown in goal but would have probably looked as convincing as Ederson when faced by an Ander Herrera strike early in the game.

Raheem Sterling and sharp-looking Phil Foden had attempts for City as play toed and froed, with the former’s deflected effort forcing a fine save from David De Gea after Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Herrera were denied.
Manchester United starting XI:

De Gea; Valencia, Lindelof, Smalling, Blind; Herrera, Pogba; Mkhitaryan, Lingard; Rashford, Lukaku

Manchester City starting XI:

Ederson, Adarabioyo, Kompany, Fernandinho; Walker, Toure, Foden, De Bruyne, Roberts, Sterling; Aguero

Marcus Rashford bags brace as Manchester United beat LA Galaxy; Romelu Lukaku and Victor Lindelof make debut


Marcus Rashford scored twice as Manchester United kicked off their pre-season campaign with a 5-2 victory over LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.

Both Lukaku and Lindelof made their first appearance in a United shirt after the break as Jose Mourinho changed his whole team.

After five gruelling days of double-sessions in the Californian sunshine, Saturday evening brought the chance to blow away the cobwebs at a sold-out StubHub Center.

David Beckham was among those in attendance on a night that United bossed from the outset. Mourinho named a different line-up in each half, with Marouane Fellaini complementing a Rashford brace in the first period before Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Anthony Martial scored in a 5-2 friendly win.

Giovani dos Santos scored two late consolation goals but that could not take the gloss off a promising start to pre-season against a Galaxy side in the midst of a testing Major League Soccer campaign.

Romelu Lukaku sends farewell message to Everton; trains with Manchester United in US

Romelu Lukaku has sent a farewell message to Everton as he prepares to move to Manchester United.

The 24-year-old striker had a medical at the weekend and is set to sign for  Unitedfor an initial £75m, despite former club Chelsea matching the  bid.
The Belgium forward moved to Everton from the Blues for £28m in July 2014 and has scored 68 Premier League goals.
Lukaku has linked up with Manchester United  for  their pre-season tour on  Sunday. He has trained with his new team.
“I want to say a big thank you to all the people involved at Everton,” he posted on Instagramon Sunday.

“I want to thank the fans for your support throughout the four years we’ve spent together. I can proudly say it was an honour to play in front of you.”
“To the staff at the the stadium and training ground thank you for making me feel home from the first day I walked in,” he continued.

“To technical staff thank you for helping me become a better player. Working with you guys has been a pleasure and I’ll take your advice throughout the rest of my career. Thank you Everton football club.”

Manchester United confirm Romelu Lukaku’s deal, as striker have medicals ahead of record transfer

Manchester United have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Everton for Romelu Lukaku, with the deal expected to go through later on Saturday.
Romelu Lukaku will undergo his Manchester United medical in Los Angeles.

#MUFC is delighted to announce a fee has been agreed with Everton for the transfer of Romelu Lukaku, subject to a medical & personal terms.

United will pay £75m up-front plus £15m of add-ons and incentives could reportedly see it top £100million. Wayne Rooney will move to Goodison Park in the opposite direction.

Lukaku has been holidaying in LA with prospective Manchester United team-mate Paul Pogba, who has posted a  congratulatory message  to his friend on Instagram and said “see you  tomorrow in training”.

The pair have also been training together at UCLA ahead of United’s pre-season tour of the US, which begins with a friendly against LA Galaxy in the Californian city next Saturday.
Mourinho knows Lukaku from his time in charge at Chelsea and it was the Portuguese coach who sanctioned the striker’s £28m sale to Everton in 2014.

During three seasons at Everton, Lukaku has become one of the Premier League’s most prolific strikers, scoring 71 goals in 133 games.

Everton were desperate to keep their main goal scorer, especially after already spending close to £100m this summer to help Ronald Koeman’s side break into the top four.

However, Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in the Champions League.
Lukaku could make his United debut against LA Galaxy at StubHub Center on July 15. He scored 25 Premier League goals last season and was only beaten to the golden boot by Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane.

Chelsea had made a last-ditch attempt to hijack Lukaku’s proposed move to Old Trafford by matching United’s bid on Friday. But Lukaku has decided to join United and the deal should be completed over the weekend.

Manchester United agree £75m fee with Everton for Romelu Lukaku and end interest in Alvaro Morata

Manchester United have agreed a £75m fee with Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku.
However, Senior Everton sources insist no deal has been reached or fee agreed for the sale of striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United.

United remain confident one is close and will be finalised.
All summer former club Chelsea appeared to be the front-runners for Lukaku’s signature but it is understood United have been quietly pursuing him old for months and he is said to have been the club’s main target, with interest from Stamford Bridge helping cover that up.

It is understood United have ended their interest in Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata as they progress a move for Lukaku, with the club hoping to get a deal over the line before heading to the United States on their pre-season tour.
Lukaku’s future at Goodison Park has been in doubt since he rejected a lucrative new contract  offer back in Marchand said during duty with the Belgium national team that he knew where his future would be.

Lukaku has also been a target for Chelsea this summer but United boss Jose Mourinho has also been keen to add a new high-profile striker to his squad after losing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to injury.
Lukaku, who scored 25 Premier League goals last season, is expected to have a medical later this week with the hope that he can join United for their tour of the United States.
The team return to training on Saturday before flying off to Los Angeles on Sunday.

Latest Football News 

  • ​Jose Mourinho has handed Ed  Woodward a list of four players – Antoine Griezmann, Romelu Lukaku, Andrea Belotti and Michael Keane – to sign in a £300m spending spree.
  • PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi is on Jose Mourinho’s radar.

  • Monaco star Bernado Silva reportedly arrived in Manchester on Thursday night, with City said to be favourites to sign the playmaker. Silva, 22, has arrived in Manchester for a medical and to complete talks over a move to the Etihad Stadium in a deal that could be worth around £65 million.
  • City are also set to make a move for his Monaco teammate Benjamin Mendy.
  • Manchester City announced on Thursday that a string of players will leave the club this summer, with Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy, Jesus Navas, and Willy Caballero all moving on.
  • The foursome join Pablo Zabaleta as players with expiring contracts to leave the club this month. Yaya Toure and Tosin Adarabioyo are also out of contract, and manager Pep Guardiola has said a decision on their futures will be revealed soon.

  • Mario Mandzukic has committed his future to Serie A champions Juventus until June 2020. Mandzukic, 31, has scored 11 goals for Juve in all competitions this term, while registering another eight assists.
  • Lionel Messi has agreed to terms with Barcelona over a new four-year contract worth €40m a year.
  • Barcelona are targeting a summer move for Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera.
  • But, United will not sell the Spain midfielder Herrera, 27, to Barcelona.
  • Manchester City are back in the race for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, who is also a major target for Barcelona.
  • Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny and Chelsea’s Kurt Zouma are reportedly among Marseille’s transfer targets.

  • Arsenal have offered a new contract worth £270,000 a week to Alexis Sanchez in a bid to keep the forward at the club.
  • The Gunners are eyeing a move for Borussia Monchengladbach winger Thorgan Hazard.
  • Diego Costa will cost Tianjin Quanjian a world-record £152m if his move to China goes ahead this summer.
  • Chelsea will only sell 28-year-old striker Diego Costa if a bidder meets their £60m valuation.
  • Manchester United are ready to activate Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann’s £86m release clause.
  • United are confident of signing Griezmann by the end of June and have already agreed a “hugely persuasive” financial package with the 26-year-old’s representatives.
  • Manchester United’s 31-year-old forward Wayne Rooney has two offers from China that would be worth £50m in salary over two years.
  • Monaco are set to join Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez.

  • West Ham have signed defender Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer. Zabaleta has agreed a two-year deal at London Stadium.
  • West Ham are hoping Pablo Zabaleta can help lure Kelechi Iheanacho to the club for £25m.
  • Manchester City and Manchester United have jointly pledged £1m to an emergency fund set up to support the victims of Monday’s attack in the city.
  • Chelsea star David Luiz has revealed he took a pay cut to return to Chelsea last summer and says he  took a “risk” in returning, but the ”risk” has paid off.
  • Arsenal made an approach to sign  Miguel Almiron last summer, now the Paraguayan is tearing it up for  Atlanta United.
  • Newcastle United are plotting a £39 million bid for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho, but face competition from West Brom.
  • Brighton hope to beat Newcastle to the loan signing of 19-year-old Tammy Abraham after both clubs were given permission to speak to the Chelsea striker.
  • Timmy Abraham, the 15-year-old brother of Tammy, has joined Fulham from Charlton Athletic.

  • Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, a target for Manchester United and Chelsea, is close to agreeing a £52m move to AC Milan.
  • Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic is a £15m transfer target for AC Milan and Paris St-Germain.
  • Juventus are preparing an offer for 23-year-old Monaco and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, a target for Manchester United and Manchester City.
  • The Serie A champions are pulling out of the race for Arsenal, Inter and Napoli target Corentin Tolisso.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has asked to leave Borussia Dortmund.
  • Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik organised a Tinder ‘date’ with four fans, who got to join the 23-year-old on a tour of the club’s stadium.
  • Andres Iniesta has placed doubt over his future after revealing that there is a chance that he may not end his career at Barcelona.
  • Reported Liverpool transfer target Leon Goretzka has poured cold water over reports linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

  • Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has signed a five-year contract extension with the Premier League club.
  • Former England boss Fabio Capello says United are “not an exciting team” and need more than just France international Griezmann.
  • After talks with FC Porto this week, former Hull City boss Marco Silva looks set to turn down a move to Portugal because he wants to continue his career in the Premier League. Crystal Palace are the most likely destination.
  • Former club captain Nigel Pearson is expected to get the Middlesbrough job, but Garry Monk is also a candidate after resigning from Leeds United.
  • Ex-Boro boss Aitor Karanka is the favourite to replace Monk at Elland Road.
  • Chris Coleman has dismissed rumours linking him with the vacant Palace job and says he wants to remain with Wales until the 2018 World Cup.
  • West Brom will have to pay £35m if they want to sign Watford striker Troy Deeney, 28, this summer.
  • Leicester City and Everton are also considering moves for Deeney.

  • Liverpool will have to pay up to £60m if they are to sign RB Leipzig’s 22-year-old midfielder Naby Keita.
  • Liverpool goalkeeper Alex Manninger, 39, will retire after the club’s post-season tour to Australia – and is considering becoming a joiner.
  • Everton could sign defender Cuco Martina, 27, on a free transfer after he was released by Southampton.

  • Manchester United right-back Antonio Valencia has been rewarded for an impressive season with a new contract, the Premier League club have announced.
  • Valencia, 31, only signed a new one-year deal in January. But after becoming a key part of Jose Mourinho’s team, the Ecuador international has signed a further extension which will keep him at Old Trafford until at least 2019 with the option of another year.
  • He was voted United’s Players’ Player of the Year this season after playing 43 times and captained the team in the final of the Europa League in Stockholm on Wednesday night.
  • Claude Makelele has signed a new contract to remain part of Paul Clement’s coaching staff at Swansea City.
  • The former French international joined the Swans in January on a short-term deal which was due to expire this summer but has now committed his immediate future at Liberty Stadium.
  • Swansea City striker Fernando Llorente, 32, says he held talks with Chelsea manager Antonio Conte in January, but would now be open to a return to Spain.
  • Watford want to make 24-year-old Genk and Gambia defender Omar Colley their first summer signing.
  • Jose Mourinho has named his price for goalkeeper David de Gea. The Portuguese boss wants €75m (£65m) from Real Madrid for the Spaniard, or rumoured Chelsea  targetAlvaro Morata plus €25m (£21.7m). Although it seems the striker is set on a move to AC Milan.
  • Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s scheduled appearance in London this weekend has been postponed after the UK terror threat level was upgraded in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack.

    • Angel Di Maria could be moving to Inter Milan in the summer. The Nerazzurri are offering Paris Saint-Germain €50m, that’s more than Juventus. Manchester  United transfer target Ivan Perisic could move in the opposite direction.
    • Napoli are ready to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain for Manchester City full-back Gael Clichy, who is available on a free.
    • Napoli have also targeted Bayern Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a replacement for current number one Pepe Reina.
    • Jerome Boateng has told SportBild he plans to remain at Bayern Munich next season, amid reports he wanted assurances about his future at the club.
    • Eliaquim Mangala will not be part of Manchester City’s plans next season. On loan at Valencia, the French defender’s entourage has been told by Txiki Begiristain that he doesn’t fit into Pep Guardiola’s plans. He will cost around €20m, which would rule out a permanent move to Valencia.
    • Arsenal striker Lucas Pérez will hold talks with Arsenal this summersays his agent. The player is unhappy with the lack of minutes he received and his priority would be to return to Deportivo if the situation doesn’t look like improving.

      • Chelsea transfer target Franck Kessie is close to signing for AC Milan, the clubs have already had talks and a medical is on the horizon.
      • Milan are also interested in Lyon’s Corentin Tolisso, but he looks set to move to Inter or Juventus.
      • Nice are unclear whether or not Mario Balotelliwill sign an extension on his initial one-year deal and it has emerged that Marseille could be an option for the former Liverpool striker. They are looking for a replacement for Bafetimbi Gomis and the Italian striker has paid tribute to the OM fans in the past.
      • An agent representing Real Madrid’s new signing Vinicius Junior says Barcelona offered a better financial package to the player, but the youngster was more attracted by the football project outlined by Los Blancos.
      • Madrid announced this week that they had signed Vinicius, 16, from Flamengo, with the reported €45 million transfer effective in July 2018 when the Brazil youth international turns 18.
      • Reports from Italy suggest that former Leeds United patron Massimo Cellino is considering a takeover move for Serie A side Genoa.
      • Derby want to sign Burnley winger George Boyd on a free transfer, with the 31-year-old Scotland international yet to agree a new deal with the Clarets.
      • Fans can now be buried in a wooden replica coffin of Real Madrid’s Bernabeu stadium.

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      Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will make Hazard his main transfer target in the summer but the Belgium international will wait until finding out who the next permanent Blues boss will be before deciding on his future.

      Manchester United have played down talk of signing Everton striker Romelu Lukaku this January but are ready to make a £40m move for the 22-year-old in the summer.

      The Red Devils have been told by Serie A side Lazio to make a £36m bid for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, 22.

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      Everton manager Roberto Martinez says there is no agreement with England centre-back John Stones, 21, that he can leave in the summer.

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      The Blues are among a number of clubs looking to sign Barcelona’s 12-year-old starlet Xavi Simons and have contacted the midfielder’s father about a move.

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      Alexandre Pato is close to joining Liverpool in an £11million deal.

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      Liverpool are weighing up a £37million move for Bayern Munich star Mario Gotze, who was developed by Jurgen Klopp at Borussia Dortmund

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      Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has ruled out leaving Borussia Dortmund for Arsenal as the club announced that there were no plans for any more January sales.

      Arsenal are eyeing a £9million move for Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes.

      Arsene Wenger hopes Mohamed Elneny’s transfer from Basel will be completed in the “next two or three days,” with Arsenal still waiting for the paperwork to go through.

      Forward Alexis Sanchez will miss the Premier League game at Liverpool on Wednesday as he is not yet ready to return from a hamstring injury, Arsene Wenger said on Friday.
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      Wenger has scoffed at transfer speculation linking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a move to Chelsea.

      Wenger was also asked whether the link to Watford striker Troy Deeney was also rubbish: “Yes,” added Wenger.

      Schalke manager Andre Breitenreiter has confirmed the German club are trying to sign Leicester midfielder Gokhan Inler, 31, on loan in the transfer window.

      Napoli have rejected a bid of £14m from Swansea for 24-year-old Italy international forward Manolo Gabbiadini.

      The Welsh club have denied making a offer for Gabbiadini, but admit they have made an enquiry for the player.

      Sevilla’s Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak says Arsenal remain interested in signing him

      Greek giants AEK Athens are close to signing French winger Charles N’Zogbia from Aston Villa

      Dortmund could be tempted if Arsenal bid £60m for newly-crowned African Footballer of the Year Pierre Emerick Aubameyang.

      But Aubameyang has ruled out leaving. Dortmund for Arsenal as the club announced that there were no plans for any more January sales.

      Oscar has played down reports of a training-ground fracas with Chelsea teammate Diego Costa on Thursday.

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      The situation was quickly resolved and even became the subject of jokes among the players as they left the training pitch.
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      Argentina and Uruguay will form a joint bid to co-host the 2030 World Cup, the presidents of the two South American countries said on Thursday.
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      Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe, 20, has become the club’s seventh player sidelined by a hamstring injury.

      Sky Bet League One side Coventry have signed former England international Joe Cole on a free transfer from Aston Villa.

      Sunderland have completed the signing of Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff for an undisclosed fee.

      Porto coach Julen Lopetegui is just hours away from the sack, according to reports in Spain.

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      Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said there is no doubt he’d take the job at Old Trafford again if given the chance.

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      Allardyce has apologised to Jurgen Klopp over his comments about Liverpool’s injury crisis.

      Sunderland’s conduct has been criticised by French club Lorient after the Black Cats had a bid accepted for defender Lamine Kone, 27, only to pull out of the deal.

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      Alexandre Lacazette won’t be leaving Lyon in the January transfer window, according to the club’s president

      Lorient midfielder Didier Ndong is wanted by Stoke manager Mark Hughes

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      Townsend has told Tottenham he wants to leave the club on loan in January, with West Brom keen on the England international.

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      Platini officially gave up his fight to enter the race for the FIFA presidency on Thursday so that he can concentrate on overturning an eight-year ban imposed on him by the organisation’s ethics committee.

      Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez has denied he deliberately stepped on Barcelona star Lionel Messi’s leg during Wednesday’s bad-tempered Copa del Rey derby at the Camp Nou.

      The creators of the Football Manager game have simulated the entire Euro 2016 tournament, with host nation France predicted to emerge victorious. Les Bleus see off Italy in the final, while England slip to their customary quarter-final exit at the hands of the Azzurri.

      The Spanish league says it will send a report denouncing racist and abusive language by fans during Espanyol’s home match against Barcelona last Saturday to the Spanish government’s anti-violence committee for sports.
      The league said in a statement that it will condemn racist slurs directed toward Barcelona’s Brazilian striker Neymar and abusive chants against the club.

      Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores says it is “impossible” that strikers Odion Ighalo, 26, and Troy Deeney, 27, will be sold this month.

      Flores says free-agent Emmanuel Adebayor may not possess the “characteristics” he is looking for.

      Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 27, believes being a regular starter at Bayer Leverkusen is the key to his impressive goalscoring form so far this season.

      Crystal Palace boss Pardew has ruled out a move for former Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, who is currently a free agent.

      Championship side Cardiff say goalkeeper David Marshall, 30, is worth £10m amid interest from Everton.

      Championship side Cardiff say goalkeeper David Marshall, 30, is worth £10m amid interest from Everton.

      Capital One Cup: Semi Final Results

      Jordan Ibe comes of the bench to score the only goal as Liverpool defeated Stoke City 1-0 in League Cup at the Britannia Stadium.

      Klopp’s side grabbed a narrow but potentially priceless first leg advantage, with the second leg to be played on Januuary 26.
      Liverpool’s current tally of 22 goals in 20 league matches is the lowest in their history and their starting lineup, with Christian Benteke dropped, had just nine to their credit this season — Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic started with seven to himself.

      The winner of the tie will book a date with either of Manchester City or Everton who play the first leg of their semi-final at Goodison Park on Wednesday.

      Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren succumbed to hamstring problems in a high-paced first half, while Toure was limping at the finish.

      “It’s a strange feeling,” Liverpool’s German coach told Sky Sports. “I’m proud as it was a perfect reaction from the last game (a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United).
      “But of course we have two bad injuries and that’s why I’m not lucky tonight.”

      Everton hold the advantage in the League Cup semi-final against Manchester City after Romelu Lukaku’s 19th goal of the season gave them a victory in the first leg at Goodison Park.
      City looked to have secured a draw with 14 minutes left, when Jesus Navas finished a sweeping counter attack following brilliant work by Sergio Aguero.
      That equaliser cancelled out Ramiro Funes Mori’s opener for Everton on the stroke of half-time.

      It was Lukaku’s 12th goal in 12 games, fourth goal in five League Cup appearances this season.

      JesusNavas scored his first goal for City since September 2014 (v Sheffield Wednesday) – a wait of 66 games in all competitions for the club.

      This is the first time Pellegrini has lost to Everton as Manchester City boss (W4 D1).
      Roberto Martinez won just his second game against Manchester City as a manager, the other being the 2013 FA Cup final (W2 D2 L11).

      “Everton’s first goal was absolutely offside and it was a clear penalty when Jesus Navas was fouled,”Pellegrini said.”I didn’t speak to the referee after the game – they were both clear.
      “To lose 2-1 is a bad result but it just means we have to win 1-0 at home. I still think we are able to play in the Capital One Cup final.”

      Both teams are in FA Cup action this weekend, with Everton hosting Dagenham and Redbridge, and Manchester City travelling to Norwich. City and Everton meet again in the Premier League at Etihad Stadium next Wednesday.

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      Lionel Messi has hit out of critics of the Argentina national team, saying they can “go f**k” themselves.

      Jose Mourinho refuses to accept Chelsea are in a relegation battle – but admits he felt betrayed by his players after defeat at Leicester.

      Chelsea will resume their £40m bid to sign Everton’s England centre-half John Stones, 21, as soon as the transfer window opens in January.

      The Blues will allow 24-year-old Eden Hazard to join Real Madrid if Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, also 24, is offered as part of a swap deal.

      Pep Guardiola will be appointed as Manchester City manager next summer, according to former Bayern Munich coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.

      Former Argentina coach Marcelo Bielsa is the favourite to be the new Swansea manager.

      Mesut Ozil has started negotiations over a new contract with Arsenal. The Germany international wants to raise his wage from £140,000 a week to £160,000.

      Arsenal target and Spain midfielder Isco, 23, is frustrated at a lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

      But the Gunners may face a fight to keep Alexis Sanchez, 26, as Real Madrid see the Chile winger as an ideal replacement for Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo should the 30-year-old leave at the end of this season.

      Madrid are also wary of letting Sanchez join up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester United.

      Cristiano Ronaldo has been involved in another row with Rafa Benitez. The Real Madrid boss asked the forward to undergo a biometric study to help improve his free-kick accuracy but the move has only angered him.

      Manchester United have made Everton striker Romelu Lukaku their primary target for the January transfer window as they look to bolster their attacking options.

      Meanwhile, Lukaku, 22, says it “hurts” him to see his former club Chelsea struggling so badly in the Premier League.

      United are mulling over whether to recall James Wilson from his loan spell with Brighton after their recent issues in front of goal.

      Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker may regret his immediate reaction to his former club Leicester beating Chelsea 2-1 to return to the top of the Premier League. He said:”YES! If Leicester win the Premier League I’ll do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies.”

      Chelsea have been warned that Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Alex Teixeira, 25, could cost them at least £7m more if they fail to sign him in January.

      Arsenal and Chelsea both sent scouts to watch Benfica teenager Goncalo Guedes in action as the winger starred in a 4-2 win over Vitoria Setubal.

      Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck is expected to be sidelined until February after reportedly being forced to shelve his return from injury

      Barcelona target Nolito will miss at least four weeks of action due to a hamstring injury.

      Stoke are holding contract talks with Marko Arnautovic and Erik Pieters as they bid to extend the duo’s stay at the Britannia Stadium.

      Aston Villa’s new manager Remi Garde is prepared to sell striker Gabriel Agbonlahor to raise transfer funds in January.

      West Brom are considering a move for Besiktas striker Kerim Frei, 22, if a move for QPR forward Matt Phillips falls through. Frei has previously played for Fulham in the Premier League.

      Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, who has not started a league game this season, wants to leave the club in January with West Brom and Newcastle interested in signing the 24-year-old England international.

      Jurgen Klopp is reluctant to make any signings in the January window, despite being offered funds to bring in new players by the club’s American owners.

      Reds goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 27, is close to signing a new contract before the end of the month.

      Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has escaped serious injury but is likely to be out for a month with a knee problem sustained on Sunday.

      Toffees captain Phil Jagielka has resumed light training after damaging his medial ligaments in the 2-1 defeat at Arsenal in October.

      Napoli are hopeful they can lure Guillermo Varela away from Manchester United as the Uruguayan, 22, has only made three appearances for the Premier League club.

      New Valencia boss Gary Neville, 40, has admitted he would have been “sceptical” about his appointment were he still a pundit and has accepted that taking the job was a “big risk”.

      Arsenal left-back Nacho Monreal, 29, will be allowed to join Spanish club Athletic Bilbao.

      Newcastle made an approach for Saint-Etienne goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier but were knocked back by the France international.

      Sunderland are considering a move for West Ham defender James Collins in January. Any deal would see the 32-year-old work under his former manager Sam Allardyce again.

      Loic Remy says he cannot pick out any Chelsea player who did not let themselves down against Leicester

      Southampton have joined the chase for in-demand Birmingham City winger Demarai Gray. Liverpool, Spurs and Leicester are also interested in the player.

      Leicester’s Vardy wins November award

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      Leicester City forward Jamie Vardy has been named November’s Premier League Player of the Month.

      Vardy wins the accolade for the second successive time after sealing October’s prize, having continued his scoring run in consecutive games to break Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s Premier League record and extend it to 11 matches.

       

      The 28-year-old forward, who recently made his England debut, has been in superb form this season with 14 goals in all competitions.

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      Vardy has beaten fellow England forwards Harry Kane and Ross Barkley to his prize, as well as Troy Deeney, Romelu Lukaku and Dejan Lovren.

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      Injury-plagued Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has suffered another setback after being ruled out for a number of weeks with a hamstring problem.

      Juventus have agreed a deal to sign Modena’s central midfielder Emmanuel Besea. The 18-year-old, who has been touted as the next Paul Pogba, will initially join on loan with a right to buy option.

      Paris Saint-Germain winger Lucas Moura is a big admirer of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and would prefer a move to the Gunners rather than fellow interested party Liverpool.

      Paris Saint-Germain is in talks over a move for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but Chelsea are also keen on the Borussia Dortmund striker.

      Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina has held talks with Besiktas over a move to the Turkish outfit in January.

      West Ham have sent scouts to watch Porto teenager Ruben Neves as they look to battle Arsenal & Liverpool for the youngster’s signature.

      The Hammers are interested in bringing Alvaro Negredo to Upton Park during the January transfer window with the striker having fallen out of favour at Valencia.

      Juventus are in pole position to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi in January. The player is keen to leave the French League, while Inter and Barcelona are also interested.

      Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero has said midfielder Paul Pogba is not yet a full all-round player and needs “a bit of time to grow.”

      Birmingham City winger Demarai Gray could move in January with Leicester and Bournemouth interested in the 19-year-old who has a £3.75m release clause.

      Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is lining up a club-record £15m bid for Marseille’s 22-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi.

      Defender Mathieu Debuchy, 30, has revealed he may have to leave Arsenal in January to gain a place in France’s Euro 2016 squad.

      Chelsea target Jonathan Calleri, 22, could be set to leave Boca Juniors after the Argentine striker tweeted “thanks for everything and goodbye”.

      Former Chelsea player Adrian Mutu has hit out at Blues manager Jose Mourinho, calling him a “fake” who is “finished” as a coach.

      Leicester City have joined Werder Bremen and Schalke in the race for AC Milan midfielder Nigel de Jong.

      Chelsea and Tottenham are closing monitoring Saido Berahino’s situation after the striker played a full game for West Brom’s Under-21s side.

      The West Brom’s 22-year-old striker, who wanted to leave the Baggies in August, has ‘liked’ a series of tweets criticising his club.

      Former Fifa referee Graham Poll says Manchester United’s disallowed goal in their Champions League defeat by Wolfsburg would have stood last season.

      Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Grujic, 19, says he has received an approach from Liverpool but wants to delay a decision until the end of the Serbian Super League season.

      Kevin-Prince Boateng, 28, is set to rejoin AC Milan in January after Schalke agreed to terminate his contract.

      Arsenal are set to hold talks with Palmeiras over a move for their 18-year-old Brazilian striker Gabriel Jesus.

      Everton and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, telephones or texts former Chelsea team-mate Didier Drogba regularly and receives tips from the Ivorian.

      MLS has announced it will invest an extra $37 million in player compensation over the next two seasons.

      Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was thrilled by his side’s 4-2 Champions League win over Borussia Monchengladbach, which meant they topped their group. The Argentine tweeted “vamos”and added: “As I always say: fight ’til the end. C’mon, City.”

      Everton and Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu, a Christmas tree, his natty slippers and a cute dog are “all ready for Christmas”.

      Chelsea’s on-loan striker Radamel Falcao says he is “very happy”to be back in training and the Colombian is sure he will come “back strong”. He last played in the 3-1 defeat by Liverpool on 31 October.

      Two Croydon councillors have apologised after they were caught watching coverage of Crystal Palace’s draw with Everton on Monday during a debate about the future of a local theatre.

      Singer Kanye West has helped design a concept football boot called the ‘Yeezy Ace’.

      Tottenham are leading the race to sign Walsall’s 18-year-old left-back Rico Henry.

      Cristiano Ronaldo The Real Madrid broke his own jointly held record to net double figures in a single season of the competition’s first round, netting four times against Malmo

      Ronaldo has become the first player to score 11 goals in the group stage of a Champions League campaign.

      Ronaldo was previously the joint holder of the record with nine, alongside Luiz Adriano, but now becomes the outright leader after top-scoring in the group stage for the fifth time – also a record that no other player can match.
      In scoring the 50th-minute goal that took him over the record, Ronaldo followed up earlier strikes in the 37th and 47th minutes for an 11-minute blitz, the fastest hat-trick that any Madrid player has scored in Europe since 1968.
      He then followed it up with a fourth just eight minutes later.