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Rasmus Hojlund's first coach is full of praise for his former player but admits Nicklas Bendtner was more talented.

Ivan Toney is set to return to Brentford training next week as restrictions ease on his eight-month ban.

Burnley turned down the chance to sign Sergio Reguilon - three days before he joined Manchester United on loan.

Real Madrid have traced a boy who lost five family members in the Morocco earthquake and flown him to Spain to join their academy.


The NFL and Tottenham have extended their partnership until the 2029-30 season.

Inter Miami's Lionel Messi and CF Pachuca's Jenni Hermoso are among those nominated for The Best FIFA men's and women's awards 2023.

Spain's top-flight female players have ended their strike for the opening two matchdays of the Liga F season after an agreement was reached between the league and the players' unions over a new minimum wage.


Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard is in advanced talks over a new contract, while key defender Ben White is set to open formal talks over an extension.

Premier League clubs could thwart a proposed relaunch of the Women's Super League next year due to disagreements over funding.

Barcelona's ongoing battle against their financial crisis has seen another twist, with LaLiga informing the Catalan side that their new wage cap will be reduced to €270m (£232m).

Asmir Begovic has delivered a brutally scathing assessment of Chelsea's recent transfer activity, branding Mauricio Pochettino's team as a 'mid table squad' before asking 'why the club is rebuilding?'

Paul Pogba has called for counter analysis on the test that came back positive for doping, according to reports.

Nike have yet to inform the FA or England number one Mary Earps when her goalkeeping shirt will be made available commercially.

UFC boss Dana White has revealed that Conor McGregor is expected to make his return to the organisation 'next year'.


Kyle Sinckler is set to play England's World Cup game against Japan after being included alongside No 8 Billy Vunipola in England's squad for their second pool game.

Luke Comer, the billionaire Irish property developer, trainer and big-race sponsor, has been banned for three years and ordered to pay costs of 755,754 euros (£650,000) after a dozen of his horses tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2021.

Xander Schauffele has declared that it will take "nothing special" for Team USA to win the Ryder Cup, despite the Americans not prevailing on European soil for 30 years.


A Football League manager who placed bets on matches has escaped with a formal warning after being investigated by the FA.

Premier League clubs are expected to be asked next week to agree a financial settlement worth more than £130m extra a year to the EFL, along with radical new spending controls.

The verbal abuse meted out to Harry Maguire across football was started by supporters at Manchester United, according to his former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Wimbledon organisers came under ridicule from neighbouring residents for their refusal to attend a public meeting about the tournament's controversial expansion.

Billy Vunipola is set to return to the England bench for their World Cup match against Japan on Sunday after serving his ban, with Lewis Ludlam starting instead of the suspended Tom Curry.

The Scotland hooker Dave Cherry has been ruled out of the rest of the Rugby World Cup after suffering a concussion in a fall on stairs at the team hotel in Valbonne, near Nice.


The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) is facing a potential legal challenge after seemingly ignoring its own regulations on multi-club ownership to allow three clubs owned by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund (PIF) to take part in the Asian Champions League.


Arsenal are reportedly bracing themselves for Juventus to try and poach Thomas Partey in January as a replacement for Paul Pogba.

A scientist who analysed a hair sample from Simona Halep disputed her ban from tennis.

Jurgen Klopp will resume his pursuit of Fluminese star Andre in January after having an approach for the 22-year-old knocked back by the Brazilian club in June.


Rob Edwards has angrily hit back at Garth Crooks and accused the BBC pundit of trying to turn Luton into a "laughing stock."

Takehiro Tomiyasu has admitted that he needs to be more confident once he returns to Arsenal following the international break.

Ibrahima Konate is back in training for Liverpool - giving manager Jurgen Klopp a solution to another defensive headache this weekend.


Jota continues to face an anxious wait over his future with Nuno Espirito Santo no closer to revealing his next steps.


St Johnstone chief Stan Harris insists he's had no choice but to dramatically slash their budget - after they posted a huge £1.5million loss.

Brendan Rodgers has told Liel Abada to learn from the mistake which has ruined his Champions League dream.

Chelsea and England defender Reece James, 23, has been earmarked by Real Madrid as a long-term replacement for Spain's Dani Carvajal, 31. James signed a six-year contract with the Blues in 2022. (Diario AS - in Spanish)

Manchester City have agreed a deal in principle to sign Boca Juniors' highly-rated 19-year-old Valentin Barco who predominantly plays at left-back. (German Garcia Grova on X)

Arsenal and Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 24, and England defender Ben White, 25, are set to commit their long-term futures to the Gunners by signing new contracts. (football.london)

Manchester United's Hannibal Mejbri is wanted by Besiktas on loan after the Turkish side recently had a permanent deal rejected for the Tunisia midfielder, 20. (Sun)

Manchester United and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23, needs to look at himself if he wants to salvage his career with the Red Devils after his fall-out with boss Erik ten Hag, says ex-United midfielder Gordon Strachan. (Mirror)

Former England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 30, continues to train with West Ham but has received offers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and MLS since leaving Nottingham Forest. (90min
Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 28, could still make a move to Bayern Munich despite signing a contract extension with Fulham. (Bild - in German)

Former Chelsea and Bosnia-Herzegovina keeper Asmir Begovic, 36, has labelled his old club a "mid table squad" and adds: "What has happened at Chelsea Football Club? It just beggars belief." (Byline podcast)

Liverpool have no intention of terminating Thiago Alcantara's contract to enable the Spain midfielder, 32, to secure a move to Turkey. (Football Insider)

Turkish side Trabzonspor want to sign Thiago on a three-year deal. (Tavkim)

Istanbul Basaksehir have agreed a loan deal to sign Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, 25, from Nottingham Forest. (Fabrizio Romano)

Konyaspor have reached an agreement in principle with former England winger Andros Townsend, 32, after he left Everton this summer. (Ajansspor - in Turkish)

Saudi side Al-Shabab have opened talks with former Chelsea and England defender John Terry over a coaching role. (Nicolo Schira)

Former Brighton and Chelsea manager Graham Potter is holding out for an offer from a Champions League club after being sounded out by Rangers to replace Michael Beale. (Football Insider)

Adana Demirspor are in talks over re-signing former Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 33, from Swiss club Sion. (Ajansspor - in Turkish)

Barcelona are looking at making a move for Spain forward Nico Williams next summer but Athletic Bilbao are keen to extend the 21-year-old's deal with the club. (Sport - in Spanish)

Germany attacking midfielder Julian Draxler, 29, is set to move from Paris St-Germain to Qatari side Al-Ahli in a deal thought to be worth in excess of 20m euros (£17.1m). (Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport Germany)


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Chelsea have spent £1bn and signed 27 players since Behdad Eghbali and Todd Boehly's takeover - now they want to buy Sporting CP.

Everton majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has agreed to sell the club, but only after agreeing an extraordinary performance related clause, which involves remaining in the Premier League.

Eddie Howe is adamant he is immune to external criticism as he defended Newcastle United's poor start to the Premier League season.

Everton manager Sean Dyche insists the club's potential takeover from 777 Partners has not had an impact on his players as yet


Mauricio Pochettino reveals Chelsea will only have 14 or 15 players to take on Bournemouth, despite Todd Boehly spending another £400m this summer.

Erik ten Hag has been dealt another blow as Sofyan Amrabat is ruled out of Manchester United action after he was forced out of Morocco duty through injury.

Erik ten Hag is said to have no idea when Antony will return to Manchester United as he addresses domestic abuse allegations.

Everton's prospective owners are facing serious questions about the source of their funding after 777 partners agreed a deal worth more than £500m to buy the club.


Bethany England has been named the new captain of Tottenham Hotspur Women.

Mario Balotelli has cancelled his contract with Swiss side Sion and returned to Adana Demirspor of the Turkish Super Lig.

Pedro Rocha will continue in his role as interim president of the RFEF (Spanish FA) until its next set of elections, which are due next year, despite the Spain Women's squad calling for his resignation.

Xavi has revealed his new Barcelona contract will be announced soon - but he only wants a long-term deal if he continues to earn it.


Pep Guardiola has insisted Phil Foden is destined to excel in a central midfield role, despite Gareth Southgate's reservations.

The verbal abuse meted out to Harry Maguire across football was started by supporters at Manchester United, according to his former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Erik ten Hag has criticised the culture at Manchester United before he joined, but refused to be drawn on the situation regarding Jadon Sancho

Jadon Sancho's future at Manchester United looks bleak after Erik ten Hag admitted he does not know whether the winger will play for the club again.


Erik ten Hag has warned Jadon Sancho might never play for Manchester United again as he hints at more problems with the outcast winger.

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is planning to make Portuguese giant Sporting Lisbon his second feeder club.

Man United fans are crying out for Rasmus Hojlund to lead the team out of their early season struggles.

Jurgen Klopp let rip at a journalist after being asked about Mohamed Salah's future - who was heavily linked with a summer move to the Saudi Pro League.


Chelsea's co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart have spoken out about the club's transfer strategy, with the Blues having now spent more than £1bn since a consortium led by Todd Boehly took over.

Farhad Moshiri's plans for a swift sale of Everton have come under immediate threat, with a backlash from fans and creditors of the club.

Ange Postecoglou isn't getting carried away by the honeymoon period of Tottenham's stunning start to the season, after being named Premier League manager of the month for August.

Jurgen Klopp shares his thoughts on the club's transfer business ahead of their match against Wolves. The Liverpool boss was also surprised to be asked about Mohamed Salah's future


Michael Beale has insisted he cares too much about Rangers to walk away from Ibrox, after being faced with calls to quit from the fanbase.

Brendan Rodgers insists Celtic midfielder Reo Hatate is ready to roar back to his best after shaking off the transfer speculation of the summer.

Jota has been excluded from Al Ittihad's Saudi Pro League squad just two months after joining from Celtic, according to reports.


Jota was willing to sanction a sensational loan return to Celtic - just weeks after concluding a record £25m exit from the club this summer.

Todd Cantwell has broken his silence on his cruel injury blow, after it was revealed he will miss almost a month of action for Rangers.

Jadon Sancho is open to leaving Manchester United in the January transfer window if the England winger, 23, remains marooned at the club until the New Year. (Manchester Evening News)

Erik ten Hag will not back down over his demand for an apology, in both private and public, from Sancho for saying the United manager has not told the truth. (ESPN)

West Ham were unable to agree a deal for Hugo Ekitike during the summer transfer window but the French striker, 21, is set to quit Paris St-Germain in January. (Football Insider)

Bayern Munich could revisit a move for Chelsea's English defender Trevoh Chalobah, 24, in the January transfer window. (Football Insider)

Chelsea's co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart have defended the money spent by the club and the amount of transfer activity the Blues have conducted this summer. (Metro)

Boca Juniors are preparing to offer a new contract to Manchester City target Valentin Barco which would make the Argentine left-back, 19, one of the highest paid players at the club. (Diario AS - in Spanish)

City "came with everything" in a bid to sign Lamine Yamal this summer, before the 16-year-old winger made his breakthrough with Barcelona and Spain this season. (Marca - in Spanish)

Nice's France defender Jean-Clair Todibo, 23, has said he didn't want to join Manchester United in the summer because he 'didn't want to make a mistake'. (L'Equipe - in French)

Everton's director of football Kevin Thelwell submitted three different player recruitment plans to their new owners but the response was so cold that it has sparked concern among senior club figures about their interest in team investment. (Football Insider)

Liverpool are not close to any deal for Bayer Leverkusen's Ecuador centre-back Piero Hincapie, 21, despite reports stating otherwise. (FootballTransfers)

Arsenal are confident of agreeing a contract extension with Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 24. (ESPN)

The Gunners also want to extend England defender Ben White's contract despite the 25-year-old still having three years to run on his current deal. (Metro)

After completing a move from Borussia Dortmund to Anderlecht, Thorgan Hazard has asked his 32-year-old brother Eden, who is still a free agent after leaving Real Madrid, to follow him in making a return to their native Belgium. (Sport - in Spanish)

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has played down the possibility of a move to the Saudi Pro League or Major League Soccer in the United States, with the 35-year-old saying he is happy at Barcelona. (AS - in Spanish)

Uefa is considering changes to the Women's Champions League, including an expansion of the tournament. (Times - subscription required)


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Sheffield United have sounded out club legend Chris Wilder about a sensational return to Bramall Lane after Saturday's defeat at Tottenham extended their winless Premier League start to five games.
Pep Guardiola pushed hard to sign Barcelona's latest wonderkid Lamine Yamal over the summer, Manchester City having "come with everything" to try and tempt the 16-year-old phenom.
Aleksandar Mitrovic says he has "no nostalgia" over his time in England, aiming a dig at Newcastle United and Fulham by claiming his move to Al Hilal meant he has "finally arrived at a top club".
Bayern Munich will make another attempt to sign Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah in January.
Everton manager Sean Dyche insists the club's potential takeover from 777 Partners has not had an impact on his players as yet

Everton's takeover by 777 Partners is coming under fresh scrutiny after an investigation was launched over financial concerns about the firm's investment in British basketball.
The Rugby Football Union board is facing its biggest internal revolt in over a decade after more than half of their council members signed a letter outlining concerns over the leadership of chief executive Bill Sweeney and chair Tom Ilube

Reports in Spain are suggesting Barcelona could make a shock loan move for Manchester United outcast Jadon Sancho in January if he is still at the club by then.
Mauricio Pochettino has told Raheem Sterling he will get the Chelsea winger back into the England squad.
Cristiano Ronaldo is set to sue Juventus over £17m in unpaid wages, according to reports in Italy.
Mason Greenwood could make his debut for Getafe against Osasuna on Sunday after being included in their matchday squad for the first time.

Former Belgium manager Georges Leekens believes Eden Hazard could come back to the Premier League before heading to MLS to end his storied career.

Clubs are putting pressure on star players to follow Manchester United defender Raphael Varane into international retirement as fears over burnout increase.
Lionel Messi will not be going back on his decision to skip games played on artificial surfaces, meaning he will miss Inter Miami's clash with Atlanta United.

Manchester City have put off contract talks with Kevin De Bruyne until the Belgium midfielder is back from his long-term hamstring injury.
Jadon Sancho was spotted watching Manchester United's U18 side on Saturday after being banished from training with the first team.

Real Betis suffered two major injury blows days before their Europa League clash with Rangers during the 5-0 demolition by Barcelona. Goalkeeper Rui Silva was replaced at half-time while forward Luiz Henrique also limped off.

Barcelona are interested in a move for Manchester United and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23, amid his Old Trafford exile. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester City will delay holding talks about a new contract with Kevin de Bruyne, whose current deal runs to summer 2025, until the 32-year-old Belgium midfielder returns from a lengthy hamstring injury. (Star)

Arsenal and Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 30, might be sold in January with Juventus a potential destination. (Football Insider)

Sheffield United are targeting a move for former manager Chris Wilder as a replacement for Paul Heckingbottom, following defeat by Tottenham on Saturday. (Mail)

Arsenal are close to agreeing a new four-year contract with Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, 24, worth more than £200,000 a week. (Football Insider)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 38, is suing former club Juventus for £17m in wages that were left pending during the Covid pandemic. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Everton are still keen to sign Leeds and Italy winger Wilfried Gnonto, 19, after failing with bids in the summer. (Football Insider)

Bayern Munich and Real Madrid will battle it out to hire former Spain midfielder and current Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso as manager next summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Luka Modric's first professional club Dinamo Zagreb will attempt to re-sign the Croatia midfielder, 38, from Real Madrid in January. (90min)

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti says the Spanish club are planning to renew Modric's contract. (Fabrizio Romano)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 30, could have his Juventus contract cancelled depending on the result of an investigation into a failed doping test. (Fabrizio Romano)

Conor Gallagher is currently happy at Chelsea, although Tottenham are planning to come back in for the England midfielder, 23, in January. (Football Insider)

Everton's takeover by 777 Partners could come under threat after an investigation was launched following concerns raised about the firm's investment in British basketball. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Barcelona have not yet discussed a contract extension with former Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong, 26, with the Netherlands midfielder's current deal running to 2026. (Marca - in Spanish)

Athletic Bilbao are confident Nico Williams will sign a new deal, despite Barcelona having expressed an interest in signing the 21-year-old Spain winger, who is out of contract next summer. (Sport - in Spanish)

Liverpool and Manchester United are also keen on Williams. (Football Transfers)


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Newcastle are reportedly considering a £52m swoop for West Ham's Brazilian star Lucas Paqueta in January.
Tyson Fury says he has no interest in fighting Anthony Joshua since his second defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, telling Joshua to "get to the back of the queue".

Scott McTominay has emerged as a potential target for Bayern Munich should they fail to land Joao Palhinha in January.
Peter Schmeichel slammed Manchester United defender Lisandro Martinez for "trying to be a hero" in the side's humbling home defeat to Brighton on Saturday.
Phil Jones was back at Manchester United's training ground on Saturday to oversee their U18 side against Nottingham Forest - with club outcast Jadon Sancho another onlooker at the match.
Thiago Silva was left 'furious' with his Chelsea team-mates during their goalless draw at Bournemouth, while Conor Gallagher vented his annoyance at Enzo Fernandez.

Chris Wilder, the former Sheffield United manager, is under consideration for a return to the club, though sources insisted on Sunday that Paul Heckingbottom's job is currently safe.

Luis Rubiales has been forced to sell his luxury Madrid apartment to cover legal costs following his non-consensual kiss on Jenni Hermoso, and an increase in alimony to his ex-wife and children.
Brighton will make a new move for Argentinian left-back Valentin Barco ahead of the winter window.

Sergio Garcia attempted a last-ditch effort to play in the Ryder Cup by offering to pay all outstanding fines relating to joining LIV Golf, estimated to total £700,000.
RFU rebels who revolted against the leadership of Billy Sweeney and Tom Ilube do not believe the RFU can afford a new Professional Game Partnership with Premiership Rugby.

David Lloyd has said now is the "perfect time" for Andrew Flintoff to return to cricket, after the former England all-rounder worked with the England team during their ODI series against New Zealand.

Ryan Kent is said to be "regretting" his move to Fenerbahce from Rangers this summer after already being relegated to a fringe role.

Manchester United's Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, 26, has emerged as a potential target for Bayern Munich should they fail to land Portugal's Joao Palhinha, 28, from Fulham in January. (Mirror)

It would take a "ridiculous" offer for Chelsea to consider selling reported Real Madrid target Reece James because the England right-back, 23, is under contract until 2028. (Football Insider)

Barcelona are keen on signing Newcastle United and Sweden striker Alexander Isak, 23, as a replacement for 35-year-old Poland forward Robert Lewandowski. (Fichajes, via Mail)

Aston Villa have joined Liverpool and Barcelona in looking to sign Athletic Bilbao's 21-year-old Spain winger Nico Williams, who is out of contract next summer. (Diario AS - in Spanish)

Brighton will make a new move for Boca Juniors' Argentine left-back Valentin Barco, 19, before the January transfer window. (Sun)

West Ham and Crystal Palace could reignite their interest in Paris St-Germain's French striker Hugo Ekitike, 21, in January. (Football Insider)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are monitoring Red Bull Salzburg's 19-year-old attacking midfielder Oscar Gloukh, who is now a regular for Israel. (Sun)

Tottenham target Conor Gallagher could change his stance on his club future and decide to quit Chelsea if the England midfielder, 23, loses his place in the starting line-up once the team's injury problems ease. (Football Insider)

Sunderland's 17-year-old English winger Tom Watson is back on the radar of Nottingham Forest. (Sun)

Roma are considering whether to proceed with a bid to sign Spain striker Alvaro Morata from Atletico Madrid after holding talks with the 30-year-old's agent. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Italy striker Ciro Immobile, 33, is expected to stay with Lazio, despite receiving offers from Saudi clubs Al-Shabab and Al-Wehda. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Former Germany coach Joachim Low is among the leading candidates to replace fellow German Stefan Kuntz as Turkey coach. (DHA - in Turkish)

Turkey's football federation has opened talks with former Italy striker Vincenzo Montella, who ended a two-year spell in charge of Turkish side Adana Demirspor in June, about succeeding Kuntz. (Nicolo Schira)


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Chelsea are among the clubs keeping an eye on Aaron Ramsdale's situation at Arsenal after his place in Mikel Arteta's first XI against Everton went to summer signing from Brentford David Raya.
Manchester United staff have expressed concerns about the increasing influence of Erik ten Hag's agent Kees Vos in transfer activity at Old Trafford.
Michail Antonio has claimed Mohamed Salah was keen to leave Liverpool this summer for Saudi Arabia but was "locked up" by the Reds and told he was going nowhere.
Cristiano Ronaldo received a crazy welcome in Iran when his Al-Nassr side arrived for their Asian Champions League clash with Persepolis.

Four Manchester United stars were involved in bust-ups after Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Brighton with captain Bruno Fernandes confronting Scott McTominay and defensive partners Lisandro Martinez and Victor Lindelof also losing it with each other.
David De Gea could be nearing a return to LaLiga with reports in Spain suggesting Real Betis are ready to sign the unemployed former Manchester United goalkeeper.
Thomas Tuchel will not be on the bench when Bayern Munich face Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday because of a ban carried over from last season.
Arsenal are considering a move for Borussia Dortmund teenager Jamie Bynoe-Gittens, whose progression in the Bundesliga has been compared to Jude Bellingham.
Mesut Ozil is being lined up to take on a boardroom role as general manager of the Turkish national team according to reports in Germany.
Ronnie O'Sullivan has revealed he doesn't keep any of his trophies as he is "preparing for death".

England will have to play qualifying matches for Euro 2028 even if they are the main host for the tournament under a plan being considered by UEFA, which is only planning on offering two automatic spots for the five co-hosts if they fail to come through their respective groups.
Everton's prospective new owners 777 Partners will have to pay back £140m provided by two lenders for the club's new stadium should their deal to buy out Farhad Moshiri proceed.
Pep Guardiola was at pains to point out that Manchester City's long-awaited Champions League success on that giddy evening in Istanbul in June was actually "nothing special" in the context of the history of the competition.

Wales' national advisor on sexual violence has alleged she was sexually harassed during Cardiff City's Championship win over Swansea City on Saturday night.
A pay dispute between the England team and management could overshadow next month's Cricket World Cup bid after protracted talks stalled on new central contracts, with officials braced for players to turn down new multi-year deals.
Most of Spain's women's national team players say they are seeking legal advice, after being called up to their latest squad despite telling their football federation [RFEF] they would not play for Spain until the RFEF makes widespread reforms for women.

Sheffield United boss Paul Heckingbottom is likely to face an FA reprimand after describing referee Peter Bankes as "bonkers" and "appalling". The Blades gaffer raged at the match officials after his team lost 2-1 at Spurs having led seven minutes into a dozen added on.
Harry Kane admits Manchester United are going through a "difficult moment" but still expects a tough challenge when he faces them on Wednesday.
Jose Mourinho has fired digs towards former clubs Manchester United, Chelsea and Inter Milan by claiming that Romelu Lukaku is "loved and wanted."

Celtic coach Darren O'Dea is in the frame to take over from Billy Dodds as manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
Former Rangers star Nacho Novo is taking his first steps into management after being named assistant boss of United States League One club Lexington SC who are nicknamed "the boys in green!"

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are keeping an eye on Aaron Ramsdale, 25, after the England and Arsenal goalkeeper was dropped for the Gunners' match against Everton on Sunday. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are preparing a bid for Bayern Munich and Germany forward Serge Gnabry with the club ready to offer around £52m for the 28-year-old. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid and Uruguay centre-back Jose Maria Gimenez, 28, is also of interest to Manchester United. (FourFourTwo)

Newcastle are considering making a £52m bid for West Ham midfielder Lucas Paqueta. The 26-year-old was linked with Manchester City in the summer but the move collapsed following an investigation into alleged betting breaches by the Brazilian. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United staff have expressed concerns about the growing involvement of manager Erik ten Hag's agent Kees Vos in the club's transfer activity. (Daily Mail)

The home nations and Republic of Ireland will have to play qualifying matches for Euro 2028 even if they are tournament hosts, under a plan being considered by Uefa. (Times - subscription required)

Everton's prospective new owners 777 Partners would have to pay back £140m in loans provided by two other lenders for the club's new stadium if their takeover of the Toffees goes through. (Times - subscription required)

West Ham have opened talks with 33-year-old Jamaica striker Michail Antonio over a new contract. (Football Insider)

England defender Trent Alexander-Arnold is close to agreeing a new deal with Liverpool despite interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in the 24-year-old. (90min)

Manchester City's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva, 29, will cost his next club just £50m thanks to his new contract including a release clause. (Fabrizio Romano)

Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, is wanted by Real Betis after leaving Manchester United. (Fichajes, via Sun)

French defender Giulian Biancone, 23, has completed a permanent move from Nottingham Forest to Olympiacos. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Liverpool Montevideo's Fabricio Diaz, 20, is moving to Qatar club Al Gharafa with the Uruguay midfielder having attracted interest from Brighton and Barcelona. (Fabrizio Romano)

German midfielder Julian Draxler, 29, has joined Qatari side Al Ahli SC from Paris St-Germain on a permanent deal. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea's 19-year-old English defender Alfie Gilchrist has extended his contract by a further year until June 2025. (Standard)


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Wednesday 20 September 2023 10:17, UK


Daniel Levy has revealed the deal that sent Harry Kane from Tottenham to Bayern Munich includes a clause allowing the North London club to buy back the England captain.
Aston Villa have opened talks with defender Ezri Konsa over a new contract as a reward for his fine form this season which has left former boss Dean Smith wondering why he is not playing for England.
Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah's personal trainer Ed Hodge appeared to blame the club's medical staff for their injury crisis in a series of messages on X/Twitter which have since been deleted.
Bayern Munich's Harry Kane hails Tottenham's strong Premier League start and says he'll always keep an eye on his former side
Manchester United are set to tie down one of their brightest talents - striker Joe Hugill - to a new long-term contract but he could head out on loan in January, most likely to a Championship club.
A new documentary about David Beckham will include confirmation that he "went at" Sir Alex Ferguson after the well-documented dressing room boot-kicking incident that left the England star needing a stitch in a wound above his eye.
Manchester United have fired five members of their academy coaching staff as part of a wider restructure to enhance their recruitment network.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted the decision to bring Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United "turned out wrong", adding that "certain egos came out" when results took a downturn.
The former United boss has also revealed that some of his players turned down the chance to captain the side, while others refused to train or play in an effort to force an exit.

Chelsea legend John Terry is part of a group among those exploring the prospect of buying a stake in the club with controlling co-owner Todd Boehly open to fresh investment.
Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold held a "no holds barred" meeting with staff who were unhappy over the club's handling of a number of issues this season, including those involving suspended winger Antony.
The next Premier League rights deal could include games being played on Sunday nights and also see WSL games being moved so they can be televised in the blacked out Saturday 3pm slot.
West Brom have ramped up their search for new ownership to avoid having to go through a fire sale of players in January.
QPR are set to make a big free agent splash by signing US defender Reggie Cannon, who left Portuguese club Boavista over unpaid wages.
The England and Wales Cricket Board has ordered every English cricketer to undergo diversity training at a cost of £5m.

Michael Olise's return to the Crystal Palace first team has been significantly delayed after he suffered a setback in his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Manchester United are one of the teams interested in Royal Antwerp youngster Arthur Vermeeren, who has been compared to Barcelona legends Xavi and Andres Iniesta by the club's sporting director Marc Overmars.
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag says Danny Welbeck's goal gave Brighton the momentum they needed to win 3-1 at Old Trafford

Chelsea could find out this week whether their plans to renovate Stamford Bridge will be able to go ahead following more than two months of talks with local residents.

The Cyprus Football Association has suspended top-flight games in the country amid a strike by referees after an apparent arson attack on a car belonging to the mother of an official.

Jurgen Klopp has again reiterated that he sees his future at Liverpool having been linked with the Germany job.
Sir Alex Ferguson disagrees with David Beckham on how worldwide fame eventually changed the former Manchester United superstar.
Bayern Munich are also monitoring Aaron Ramsdale's position at Arsenal as they look for a long-term replacement for veteran Germany 'keeper Manuel Neuer.
Ravel Morrison, Antonio Valencia and John O'Shea are among the players chipping in £5 per game to rent a pitch in Manchester and play in games arranged in a WhatsApp group containing 66 present and former footballers.

Michail Antonio has sensationally backed West Ham to finish above Liverpool this season to add fuel to the fire ahead of their clash at Anfield on Sunday.

Celtic are reported to be interested in Serbia winger Nemanja Jovic, who remains a free agent after leaving Partizan Belgrade.

Crocked Rangers striker Danilo revealed he hopes to be back playing "in a few weeks" as he continues to update fans following his weekend injury.

Bayern Munich and England striker Harry Kane, 30, would have waited until next summer to sign for Manchester United on a free transfer from Tottenham if he had been given assurances over a move to Old Trafford. (Mail)

Real Madrid had put in a £60m bid for Kane before the England captain moved to Bayern Munich this summer while Paris St-Germain also made an approach. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Brentford head coach Thomas Frank says he would consider selling England striker Ivan Toney, 27, in January if the price was right. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham are all interested in Toney with Brentford willing to let the player leave for a fee of £60m. (Mirror)

Arsenal sent scouts to Reading's EFL Trophy match against Exeter on Tuesday with the Gunners interested in 18-year-old English forward Caylan Vickers and 18-year-old New Zealand defender Tyler Bindon. (Express)

Arsenal are also interested in 19-year-old English forward Jamie Bynoe-Gittens at Borussia Dortmund. (Fichajes via Daily Star)

Boca Juniors are hopeful of agreeing a new contract with Argentine defender Valentin Barco, 19, despite interest from Brighton. (90min)

Aston Villa are in talks to give English defender Ezri Konsa, 25, a new contract. (Mail)

Barcelona have shown interest in Royal Antwerp midfielder Arthur Vermeeren with the 18-year-old Belgian tipped to be the next Sergio Busquets. (90min)

Manchester United chief executive Richard Arnold held a Zoom meeting with staff at the club to address unhappiness over a variety of issues this season. (Telegraph - subscription required)

United had a £50m bid for 18-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Evan Ferguson turned down by Brighton in the summer. (ESPN)

Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is not looking to leave the club after the England international, 25, was dropped from the the team last week. (90min)

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are monitoring Ramsdale's situation. (Mirror)

AC Milan owner Gerry Cardinale met with former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 41, over a potential boardroom role for the retired ex-Sweden forward. (Football Italia)

Former Chelsea captain John Terry, 42, is part of a group interested in buying a 10% stake in the club with co-controlling owner Todd Boehly open to new investment. (Telegraph - subscription required)

West Ham forward Michail Antonio, 33, is keen to stay at the London Stadium and wants to sign a new contract with the club. (Football Insider)

La Liga sides Real Betis and Valencia are both interested in signing Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 32, who is still a free agent after he was released by Manchester United in the summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Former Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann will terminate an agreement with the Bundesliga club which will see him give up £17m in order to take charge of the German national team. (Bild - in German)


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Tottenham do not have a straight-forward buy-back clause for Harry Kane amid doubt over whether he would even consider returning while Daniel Levy remains at the club.
A number of Premier League owners are set to voice concerns about Everton's proposed sale to 777 Partners at the clubs' first summit meeting of the season on Thursday.
Chelsea are looking to cut their annual wage bill by around £80m, one of Clearlake's co-founders has revealed, with the club also on the verge of significant investment from US firm Ares Management.
Erik ten Hag's agent Kees Vos is in advanced negotiations about signing Manchester United midfield player Sofyan Amrabat to his Sports Entertainment Group agency.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is targeting a return to action for Liverpool in this weekend's Premier League game against West Ham.
Free agent Jesse Lingard has been pictured training with West Ham ahead of their Europa League clash against Backa Topola as the England international looks to earn a short-term contract with the Hammers.

The Glazers could be forced to lower their asking price for Manchester United after their tricky start to the Premier League season.

The English FA has been criticised for making a disabled candidate feel they "weren't being taken seriously" before taking the new agents' exam.
Reacting to Man Utd’s 4-3 defeat to Bayern, Sam Wallace feels that there is a real vulnerability in Manchester United’s defence, while Miguel Delaney believes Erik ten Hag may have lost a connection with his players
Wrexham's new Kop stand will not be open for the start of next season due to a series of hold-ups.
The parent company of betting firm Mr Q - Watford's front-of-shirt sponsor - must pay £690,947 after being found by the UK Gambling Commission to have failed to protect individuals, including children, from being exploited by gambling and not meeting standards relating to anti-money laundering and terrorist financing.
Sky Sports News' Vinny O'Connor explains what happens next in the process of the takeover of Everton after a deal was agreed with 777 Partners
Wearable lower-limb tracking systems will be allowed to be used in official matches for the first time after being awarded certification by FIFA.
UEFA has been criticised for allowing Red Star Belgrade's sponsor Gazprom to return to the Champions League.

Chelsea are charging £1,780 for one of their matchday packages at Stamford Bridge.

The Premier League and EFL could shake hands within weeks on football's £130m-a-year New Deal, despite Championship clubs' anger over new cost controls.
The Football Association's exams for around 700 aspiring football agents descended into chaos on Wednesday after the internet connection at Birmingham's NEC went down and some candidates were unable to complete the FIFA-mandated test in the hour allotted.

Manchester United chief John Murtough was left red-faced in the summer after his side reportedly saw a bid 'laughed off' for Brighton star Evan Ferguson, per new reports.
Arsenal scouts will be in Belgium on Thursday to keep a close eye on Antonio Nusa as Club Brugge face Besiktas in the Europa Conference League.

Manchester United's poor start to the Premier League season is having a negative impact on the takeover process, with bidders even less likely to meet the owners' inflated asking price of more than £5bn.

An investigation has been launched into the alleged use of racially offensive language by the Sussex seam bowler Ari Karvelas during a County Championship match against Leicestershire last week.
Rafael Nadal has revealed his wish to play doubles with Carlos Alcaraz at the Paris Olympics after admitting that he is now unsure about retiring from tennis next year.
Counties are considering the possibility of playing short-form cricket under the names of their local football and rugby clubs as they prepare to vote on the future of the Hundred.

Aaron Ramsey has claimed he could have done more for Rangers in the Europa League final.

Former Celtic standout Jota is reportedly seeking talks to potentially terminate his Al Ittihad contract on full pay as his Saudi nightmare shows no signs of ending.

Borussia Dortmund have no interest in re-signing Manchester United and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23. (Bild - in German)

United's start to the Premier League season has done little to convince prospective buyers Sir Jim Ratcliffe or Sheikh Jassim to close the gap in their valuations and the Glazers' asking price for the club. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool are keen on signing Real Madrid and Brazil winger Rodrygo, 22, if Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 31, leaves the club in January. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Fulham and Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 28, has no release clause in his new contract, allowing the Cottagers to demand a higher fee if Bayern Munich bid again after a deadline-day move fell through. (Football Insider)

Tottenham's buy-back clause for striker Harry Kane is believed to just give them first refusal if the England captain, 30, was to return to the Premier League, rather than setting a transfer fee. (Daily Mail)

Any return to Spurs is likely to rest on whether Kane thinks he can work with chairman Daniel Levy again. (Telegraph)

Spurs are ready to offer South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 31, a new deal to extend his stay in north London past 2025. (90min)

Chelsea are set to receive a £400m cash injection from US-based investment firm Ares Management towards their new stadium and other projects. (Telegraph)

The investment will also help the Blues turn into a multi-club organisation and reduce the wage bill at Stamford Bridge. (Goal)

Manchester City could land Boca Juniors and Argentina left-back Valentin Barco, 19, for a fee of around £15million in January. (Football Insider)

City are also set to sign England Under-17 midfielder Divine Mukasa, 16, from West Ham. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester City turned down loan offers for 20-year-old Norwegian forward Oscar Bobb from Ajax and Porto. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain's Hugo Ekitike, 21, is prepared to fight for his future at the French champions, but the France forward is aware of interest from Premier League clubs including Crystal Palace, Brentford, Everton, West Ham United and Wolves. (90min)

Huddersfield Town are set to appoint former Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore, 49, as their new manager after they parted ways with Neil Warnock. (Sun)

Former Italy striker Vincenzo Montella, 49, is set to be appointed Turkey head coach. (Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United are set to reward 19-year-old England forward Joe Hugill with a new contract after an impressive pre-season. (Manchester Evening News)


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Manchester United are ready to sell Jadon Sancho to the highest bidder in the January transfer window after Erik ten Hag decided to cut his losses.
Steven Gerrard has admitted that he would have stayed at Liverpool had he known Jurgen Klopp was on the way.

Harry Arter is determined to see out his contract at Nottingham Forest after failing to come to an agreement to end his stay at the City Ground.
Tottenham chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini has left ahead of further structural changes at the north London club.
Burnley star Anass Zaroury is backing an aid effort to help Moroccans in the wake of this month's devastating earthquake in the country.

Crystal Palace are expected to open initial talks with Eberechi Eze over a new contract.
Stuart Dallas returned to Leeds United training on Thursday after almost 18 months out with a serious knee injury.
The Premier League's crackdown on time-wasting this season has stretched the playing time of the average match by almost 12 minutes, resulting in more action, more cards and more goals.
FIFA is at the centre of escalating tensions with the Kroenke family, the owners of Los Angeles' SoFi Stadium, over the terms of the agreement to be a host venue at the 2026 men's World Cup.
Sweden captain Kosovare Asllani says her side are planning a joint show of support with the Spain Women's team in their meeting on Friday as Spain prepare for their first match since Luis Rubiales kissed Jenni Hermoso after the World Cup final.
Scott Munn officially started work as Tottenham Hotspur's new chief football officer on Thursday.

Europe's Ryder Cup players have been practising with their team-mates' golf balls in an attempt to avoid the last-minute pairings reshuffle that affected the build-up in 2021.

Tottenham Hotspur will spare themselves another summer of uncertainty over their star player by triggering an option to extend the contract of Heung-min Son.
Roc Nation Sports has parted company with Romelu Lukaku in what represents another blow for the Chelsea striker, who is on loan at Roma.
James Anderson's international career looks set to continue into a 23rd year after he was offered a new deal in a batch of central contracts that includes around 20 multi-year deals.
Andrew Gale has been appointed head of Cricket Tasmania's male performance pathway, two years after he was sacked as Yorkshire coach following allegations of racism made by Azeem Rafiq.

The Premier League is confident of finally agreeing a deal to increase financial redistribution to the English Football League after a meeting between executives of the leagues and club officials this week.

David Raya insists he always backed himself to become Arsenal No 1, but says he and Aaron Ramsdale are in the dark over who will start the north London derby.
Marco Silva admitted he "cannot control" where Joao Palhinha's long-term future lies, amid reports that Bayern Munich will continue their pursuit of the player in the January transfer window.

Winger Nemanja Jovic is reportedly on Celtic's radar as he weighs up his next move - and the Scottish champions may already have their answer after the player's agent broke his silence.

Aberdeen hit out at a "small minority" of their own fans after missiles including a lit flare were thrown at Eintracht Frankfurt fans during the Europa League clash in Germany.

Crystal Palace are expected to open initial talks about a new contract with 25-year-old England winger Eberechi Eze, whose current deal runs until 2025. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester United are willing to sell England winger Jadon Sancho, who they bought for £73m from Borussia Dortmund, in a cut-price deal in January. (Star)

Tottenham are to trigger an option in 31-year-old South Korea forward Son Heung-min's contract which will extend his deal by a further year until 2026. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich will compete with Real Madrid to sign Chelsea captain and England full-back Reece James next year. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Chelsea defender Trevoh Chalobah is set to leave the club in January, with the 24-year-old English defender keen on a move to Bayern Munich after rejecting Nottingham Forest. (Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona boss Xavi has agreed a one-year contract extension until 2025 in a deal which has the option to be extended by a further 12 months. (ESPN)

Juventus have joined Liverpool, Paris St-Germain, Bayern Munich and Tottenham in the race to sign 22-year-old France midfielder Khephren Thuram from Nice. (90min)

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are interested in Norway and Club Bruges winger Antonio Nusa, with the 18-year-old valued at around £30m. (Express)

Manchester United players are still angry at the treatment of former goalkeeper keeper David de Gea, after the Spaniard, 32, was allowed to leave on a free transfer in the summer. (Sun)

Former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, 36, is close to reaching an agreement to become the new Germany manager. (Fabrizio Romano)

Liverpool are ready to contact the representatives of Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara and Cameroonian defender Joel Matip, who are both 32, to discuss new deals. Both players are out of contract next summer. (Caught Offside)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku split from representatives Roc Nation shortly after the 30-year-old moved to Roma on loan from Chelsea this summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

A number of Premier League sides, including Wolves, Everton and Nottingham Forest are ready to make a move for Michail Antonio if the 33-year-old Jamaica striker fails to agree a new deal with West Ham. (Football Insider)

Fulham manager Marco Silva admits he "cannot control" where Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha's future lies, amid reports that Bayern Munich will pursue a deal for the 28-year-old in January. (Standard)

Tottenham have parted company with chief scout Leonardo Gabbanini prior to the club's anticipated appointment of a new sporting director. (Guardian)

Barcelona will prioritise a contract extension for Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, despite the 26-year-old's current deal not expiring until 2026. (Sport)

Barcelona president Joan Laporta says the club's financial recovery will be complete "sooner than expected". (90min)


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David De Gea could retire from football if he does not receive a suitable offer.
ESPN'S Mark Ogden and chief football writer for The Daily Mirror John Cross have their say on speculation that former Manchester United goalkeeper and current free agent David De Gea will retire at just 32

Martin Odegaard could have joined Tottenham as a teenager but for a call from Zinedine Zidane, which helped seal a move to Real Madrid.

A group of first-team stars at Manchester United allegedly disagree with Erik ten Hag's decision to exile Jadon Sancho.
Tottenham look like the real deal without Harry Kane and can have a real crack at Arsenal and cause them problems, writes Troy Deeney.
Jesse Lingard is heading to Saudi Arabia to spend a month training with Steven Gerrard's club Al-Ettifaq.
Tyson Fury's wife Paris says he could play himself in a move about his life, if only he could get over his issue of getting bored while practising lines.

Former Liverpool and Derby County defender Andre Wisdom has dropped into the sixth tier of English football to sign for Warrington Town.
Folarin Balogun's full debut for Monaco turned into a nightmare as the former Arsenal striker missed two penalties in a 1-0 defeat against Nice.
Sean Dyche has revealed Everton will try to renegotiate their deal for Dele as they will owe Spurs £10m when the injured midfielder reaches 20 appearances.
Critics have slammed the £20m compensation payout reportedly awarded to billionaire-owned Aston Villa after HS2 officials decided the new line should pass through a corner of the club's Bodymoor Heath training complex.

Jurgen Klopp is understood to have rejected an offer to take over as Germany head coach following the dismissal of Hansi Flick.
Andrew Flintoff will remain part of England's white-ball setup for the series against Ireland after praise from players during his return from severe facial injuries against New Zealand.

Trevoh Chalobah is expected to leave Chelsea this season, having come close to departing the club during the summer transfer window.
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned striker Nicolas Jackson about his ill-discipline after the summer signing was booked in four of his first five matches.
Moises Caicedo's agent has confirmed the Chelsea midfielder turned down the offer to even open negotiations over a move to Liverpool during the summer window.
Former Juventus and Barcelona star Arturo Vidal savaged Newcastle United's performance against AC Milan in midweek as "disgusting" and says they only qualified for the Champions League because "they know how to run."

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard says he has found his "home" at the Gunners after signing a new five-year contract.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says midfielder Martin Odegaard has earned his new contract and hails the Norwegian for his unconventional route to the top

Former Celtic hero Jota has reportedly seen a request for talks with Al Ittihad over releasing him from his contract rejected.
Former Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was left disappointed with the performance of Jose Cifuentes against Real Betis and reckons he has to move up the gears.

Jamie McAllister could rival Darren O'Dea for the vacant Inverness Caledonian Thistle manager's job.

Spanish keeper David de Gea, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester United in the summer, might retire if the 32-year-old does not receive an offer to be the number one at a major club. (Guardian)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 38, has been attempting to persuade former Manchester United team-mate De Gea to join him at Al-Nassr but the Spaniard would prefer to stay in Europe. (90min)

Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard, 24, could have joined Tottenham as a teenager before the Norwegian midfielder was persuaded to join Real Madrid by France legend Zinedine Zidane. (Mirror)

Ex-England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 30, is to train with Al-Ettifaq and, having been released by Nottingham Forest in June, could join the Saudi Arabian club on a free transfer. (Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona believe Atletico Madrid will want 80m euros (£69.6m) to turn 23-year-old Portugal forward Joao Felix's loan at the Nou Camp club into a permanent switch, while Manchester City will want 25m euros (£21.7m) to do the same for defender and compatriot Joao Cancelo, 29. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp rejected an approach to become Germany's new manager before they turned to Julian Nagelsmann to lead them at Euro 2024. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The agent of Ecuador midfielder Moises Caicedo says the 21-year-old only wanted to join Chelsea in the summer, despite Liverpool making a £111m offer to sign him from Brighton, as the Blues had been interested in bringing him in since January. (Sport Italia - in Italian)

Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 24, is growing increasingly frustrated at his lack of first-team football at Bayern Munich this season. (Bild, via Mail)

Juventus midfielder Weston McKennie's chances of a contract renewal at the club depend on the 25-year-old American impressing manager Massimiliano Allegri. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Newcastle United are among a number of clubs keeping tabs on Southampton's 20-year-old Argentine midfielder Carlos Alcaraz. (Talksport)

AC Milan's 15-year-old Italian forward Francesco Camarda has caught the eye of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund for his goalscoring feats at youth level. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, 27, in January even though the Argentine has been given a second chance by Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou. (Football Insider)

Manchester United are looking to tie promising midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, 20, down to a new contract with his current deal expiring next year. (90min)


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Everton could be forced to sell one of their big name players like Jordan Pickford or Amadou Onana in January if the 777 Partners takeover is blocked.

Aaron Ramsdale is in no rush to make a decision over his long-term future after falling behind David Raya in the Arsenal pecking order.

Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are keeping a close eye on Paris Saint-Germain star Ousmane Dembele ahead of the January transfer window.


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reportedly rejected an approach to succeed Hansi Flick as Germany manager, before Julian Nagelsmann was appointed this week.


Brentford struck a secret deal with the FA to allow Ivan Toney to train at his club - while he was still banned from all football for betting offences

Newcastle are reportedly eyeing a January transfer swoop for Southampton star Carlos Alcaraz.


Ivan Toney is pursuing a January transfer as Chelsea, Arsenal and Spurs target the Brentford star.

Sporting CP have reportedly rejected Arsenal's first bid worth €35m (£30.5m) for their defender Ousmane Diomande, according to reports.


Chelsea have set their sights on £60m Ivan Toney ahead of the January transfer window, with the Blues confident of securing a deal.

Premier League giants Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United are vying for Brentford's Aaron Hickey, along with interest from Bayern Munich.

Newcastle United and Manchester United are vying for Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot in the January transfer window.

England forward Ivan Toney is ready to leave Brentford in January. The club are willing to let the 27-year-old, who is serving an eight-month ban for breaching Football Association betting rules, leave if their £60m valuation is met. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham are all monitoring the possibility of a loan move for Paris St-Germain and France winger Ousmane Dembele. The 26-year-old only joined the French champions in the summer from Barcelona. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle and Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes has verbally agreed a new contract extension with the 25-year-old set to extend his current deal to 2028. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United tried to part-exchange several players, including 26-year-old Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek and 30-year-old Brazil midfielder Fred, as a way of offsetting the cost of signing Rasmus Hojlund. But Atalanta were only interested in cash for the 20-year-old Dane. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Van de Beek has attracted interest from Villarreal after falling out of favour at Manchester United. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

United have also started talks with Tunisia midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, 20, over a new contract. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is open to selling a stake of up to 25% in the club. (Sunday Times)

Everton will try to renegotiate the terms of 27-year-old England midfielder Dele Alli's transfer from Tottenham with Spurs set to receive £10m when he surpasses 20 appearances for Everton. But the Toffees' financial situation could force them to open talks. (Sunday Express)

West Brom are reportedly stepping up their search for a new owner, with Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai looking to sell before the end of the year. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea and Bayern Munich remain interested in signing England and Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 25, who has lost his place as the Gunners' number one. (Mail on Sunday)

However, Ramsdale is not in a rush to make any decisions over his future. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal are all ready to make bids for Brentford and Scotland full-back Aaron Hickey, 21. (Sunday Mirror)

Brighton and Republic of Ireland forward Evan Ferguson decided that staying with the Seagulls was better for his development than moving to Manchester United after the club showed interest for the 18-year-old in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are interested in Real Madrid and Brazil winger Rodrygo, 22, to counter the Spanish giants' pursuit of their France forward Kylian Mbappe, 24. (Football Transfers)

Real are also interested in signing Canadian left-back Alphonso Davies, 22, from Bayern Munich. (Football Transfers


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Manchester United and Newcastle are both battling it out to sign Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot, according to reports.

Marcus Rashford rushed to help a woman driver after a horror crash in his £700,000 Rolls-Royce.

Paul Pogba and Rashford turned down the Manchester United captaincy under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, sources say.


Erik ten Hag admitted he was forced to leave defender Lisandro Martinez out of his squad for the 1-0 win at Burnley on Saturday.

Tottenham's James Maddison reacted to Bukayo Saka stealing his celebration after scoring in the North London derby.
The brother of a man executed in Saudi Arabia has issued an open letter to Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson pleading with them to speak out about the nation's human rights abuses.


Eyebrows were raised by some at Old Trafford when Erik ten Hag took four goalkeepers to Munich for last week's Champions League clash with Bayern.

Harry Kane toasted his first Bundesliga hat-trick by taking part in Munich's world-famous Oktoberfest celebrations at the weekend.

Mikel Arteta explained his decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale to the bench for Arsenal's north London derby clash against Tottenham is due to how the Gunners 'want to play on the day'.


Chelsea co-owner Behdad Eghbali reportedly entered the dressing room after the Blues suffered yet another Premier League defeat.

Elena Rybakina has criticised the WTA following a last-minute rule change.

Las Vegas is expected to be F1's biggest race of 2023 but drivers won't be able to enjoy it to the fullest due to the packed calendar, says Williams' Alex Albon.

Novak Djokovic's career was at a crossroads in 2018 following three consecutive losses, with the Serbian mulling over retirement.


Eddie Jones held a secret meeting at the end of last month with the Japanese Rugby Football Union about becoming the national side's next head coach, despite having four years left on his contract with the Wallabies.

Five-try winger Henry Arundell is expected to be allowed to represent England during the Six Nations despite having signed for French club Racing 92.

Sam Hain admitted that he struggled to sleep before hitting 89 on his England debut against Ireland on Saturday.


Eddie Jones told Rugby Australia he did not speak to Japan about a return to the role he filled from 2012 to 2015.


The Football Association is facing claims of double standards after a Guardian investigation revealed that the owner of a Premier League club may have benefited from bets on the game placed in his own name.


Wigan striker Josh Stones is in a tug-of-war between England and Scotland.


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Jadon Sancho has been exiled from all first-team facilities at Manchester United - including the team dining room - but Sancho's Manchester United team-mates have urged him to say sorry and end his feud with boss Erik ten Hag.
Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Ivan Toney ahead of the January transfer window.‌
Arsenal hero Jack Wilshere was full of praise for young prospect Max Dowman after handing him a debut for the club's U18s at the age of just 13.
Jonny Evans believes Ten Hag is doing a fine job at Manchester United, despite the club's poor start to the season.
Former Barcelona and Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has attacked Ten Hag over his handling of Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester United are heavily scouting Valencia midfielder Javi Guerra - who has also emerged as a transfer target for Newcastle.
David Moyes has insisted West Ham are not disappointed that Jesse Lingard ended his one-month training stint at the club and then moved to Saudi Arabia.
Pep Guardiola is an admirer of Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery and proposed signing the teenager as part of a deal that would have seen Bernardo Silva leave Manchester City.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas has issued an apology after hitting out at referee Robert Jones as Spurs drew 2-2 with Arsenal in the north London Derby.

The PFA has offered its help in a bid to resolve the dispute between Ten Hag and Sancho.
The FA is investigating whether a powerful football agent allegedly submitted false evidence to an arbitration hearing involving a Premier League footballer.
Danny Macklin, who was managing director of AFC Wimbledon, resigned after a bug hidden in his office reportedly recorded him making sexist and abusive comments about a female executive.
Chelsea will consider signing a striker in January to address the team's goalscoring problems but already face significant competition from Premier League rivals.
Ivan Toney, the Brentford and England striker, is among the list of players Chelsea have been monitoring - an interest that predates the 27-year-old's ban for breaching betting rules.
Manchester City have decided not to appeal against the red card that Rodri received during their 2-0 Premier League win over Nottingham Forest.

UEFA has been accused of presenting "completely untrue" evidence to its own independent inquiry into the chaos at the 2022 Champions League final.

Yasir Al-Rumayyan, the governor of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund and chairman of LIV Golf, has opted to stay away from the Ryder Cup, with merger negotiations with the PGA Tour to be started in earnest as soon as the biennial dust-up is over.
Luke Donald says his Ryder Cup team can take inspiration from the European team's success in the Solheim Cup
Marylebone Cricket Club has resisted pressure to move historic fixtures between Eton and Harrow and Oxford and Cambridge from Lord's next season, but acknowledged the matter will be "kept under regular consideration".
Southend United, the most financially stricken club in English football, could be rescued from collapse by the Government's Levelling Up fund.

Chelsea co-controlling owner Behdad Eghbali has reportedly gone into the team's dressing room after every game he's been to this season, including the 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Europe have seemingly deployed slower greens at the Ryder Cup in Rome in a bid to utilise home advantage and throw the Americans off their game.
Andrew Flintoff's return to English cricket comes to an end on Tuesday, at least for now, with an old team-mate leading the calls for his comeback to be made permanent.
A group of Manchester United fans based in the United States of America have flown a banner reading 'Glazers Out' over the Raymond James Stadium in Florida before the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - who are owned by the Glazers - played the Philadelphia Eagles.
Neymar has hit out at a report that claimed he had demanded Al-Hilal head coach Jorge Jesus resign, insisting on social media that the claims were 'lies'.
John Terry is set to become the latest Englishman to seek out footballing opportunities in Saudi Arabia as he prepares to become a sporting director in the nation, according to reports.
England are waiting on a firm decision from Elliot Anderson over his international loyalties.

Chelsea's £62m outcast Marc Cucurella is eyeing a January exit to end his Stamford Bridge woes.
Aaron Ramsdale's father has hit out at Jamie Carragher following his comments about the goalkeeper's antics during the north London derby.
Jamie Carragher feels David Raya is now the No 1 for Arsenal and that Aaron Ramsdale will have to find another club
Manchester United stars have been blasted for driving recklessly near their training base.
Chelsea's £2bn stadium revamp has been put on hold after military veterans and war widows declared war on the plan.
Xabi Alonso is expected to take over Real Madrid next season, despite the Liverpool legend only becoming a first-team manager last October.

England rugby fans were reportedly caught up in a "dangerous" crush after the Rugby World Cup win over Chile on Saturday.
Anthony Joshua vs Deontay Wilder has been given a lifeline after seemingly being on the brink of collapse.

Rangers are well under way with plans to increase the capacity of Ibrox and upgrade their training ground, with chief executive James Bisgrove revealing the works are a priority.
Cyriel Dessers has told fed-up Rangers fans: We'll get it right.
Rangers have lined up Ligue 1 side Monaco for a B-team friendly at Ibrox.

Michael Beale has been told the boo brigade at Ibrox will continue due to the "disconnect" between himself and Rangers fans.
Cammy Devlin accepts Hearts fans probably do not want to hear it just now but he insists the players believe in under-fire boss Steven Naismith, asking them to "stick with us".
Rory Whittaker has had his record-breaking Hibs debut rewarded with a new contract after the 16-year-old right-back became the youngest-ever player to make their first-team debut for the Hibees in Saturday's 2-0 Premiership win over St Johnstone.
Al-Ettifaq boss Steven Gerrard is preparing another raid to boost his Scottish ranks by looking to add ex-Rangers kit chief Jim McAlister to his backroom team.

Arsenal are ready to step up their interest in England striker Ivan Toney in January. Brentford value the 27-year-old at £60m. (Mirror)

Brentford are considering signing a striker even if they do not sell Toney. Wolfsburg's 24-year-old Denmark striker Jonas Wind, AZ Alkmaar's 24-year-old Greece forward Vangelis Pavlidis and Santos' 20-year-old Brazilian striker Marcos Leonardo are on their shortlist. (90 Min)

Spain defender Marc Cucurella, 25, is hoping to leave Chelsea in January and has held talks with manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Sun)

Roma are keen to turn 30-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku's loan from Chelsea into a permanent deal and may offer England striker Tammy Abraham, 25, in part-exchange. (Calciomercatoweb - in Italian)

Real Madrid want Bayer Leverkusen manager Xabi Alonso to replace Carlo Ancelotti, who is set to leave at the end of the season to coach Brazil. (Radio Marca via Mirror)

Chelsea have secretly parted company with Bruno Saltor, who joined as part of former manager Graham Potter's backroom staff and was a first-team coach under new manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Telegraph - subscription)

Chief executive Beppe Marotta says Inter Milan will soon meet with Italian defender Federico Dimarco, 25, to discuss a new contract. (Radio Anch'Io Sport via Gazzetta dello Sport)

England defender Fikayo Tomori, 25, rejected the advances of Paris St-Germain this summer in order to remain at AC Milan. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Jadon Sancho's Manchester United team-mates have urged the England winger, 23, to apologise and end his dispute with manager Erik ten Hag. (Mirror)

The Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) has offered to help Sancho and Ten Hag settle their differences. (Times - subscription)

West Ham have ended their interest in 30-year-old England midfielder Jesse Lingard, who is training with Saudi Pro League club Al Ettifaq.(Athletic - subscription)

Tottenham will want 15m euros (£13m) to let 27-year-old Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso leave in January, with Barcelona and Real Betis interested. (Sport - in Spanish)


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Manchester United are said to be preparing a shock January transfer swoop for former Arsenal forward Serge Gnabry.
Arsenal legend David Seaman has admitted he is "puzzled" by Mikel Arteta's decision to drop Aaron Ramsdale and install David Raya as his new No 1.
Borussia Dortmund are stalling over making a move to re-sign Jadon Sancho from Manchester United due to concerns about his discipline, according to reports.
Sofyan Amrabat was just hours away from becoming a Liverpool player this summer.
Arsenal will closely monitor Declan Rice's back injury as medics look to establish whether the problem is connected to other areas of his body.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas is confident that Kylian Mbappe will be a Real Madrid player next season.
Tammy Abraham could make a sensational return to Chelsea after three years at Roma as part of a swap deal for loanee Romelu Lukaku, according to reports.
Football agents who have twice failed their FIFA football exams are going to be given a third chance - by being allowed to take the test again at home.
Team Europe players have been told not to repeat Jonny Bairstow's actions and leave Just Stop Oil protestors to security if they target the Ryder Cup.
Middlesex are facing further allegations of financial mismanagement with chief executive Andrew Cornish accused of allegedly giving himself a 50 per cent pay rise.
France has banned its athletes from wearing hijabs at next year's Olympic Games, with the nation sticking to a 'regime of strict secularism' in Paris.

Arsenal are set to offer a deal to swap Eddie Nketiah for Brentford's Ivan Toney in the January transfer window, a report claims.
Brentford head coach Thomas Frank question why he would sell striker Ivan Toney in the January transfer window amid reports of interest from Arsenal
Moses Itauma worries he may never get a Tyson Fury spar after he accidentally cursed some of Britain's top heavyweight crop.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ready to reconstruct his offer to buy Manchester United.
Manchester United's Antony was pictured at Sao Paulo airport as he prepared to return to England to face police over allegations that he attacked a lover.
Tottenham star Ivan Perisic, who has been sidelined with an anterior cruciate ligament injury, is set to return to boyhood club Hajduk Split in January.

Chelsea have been handed Premier League approval for Infinite Athlete to become the club's new front of shirt sponsor.
Reading's cash crisis is under further scrutiny after the League One club were placed under a transfer embargo for failing to pay HMRC on time.
Aston Villa players have told club chiefs they are unhappy with this season's wet-look shirts, which they claim are weighing them down.
Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino says he has no issues with co-owner Behdad Eghbali coming into the dressing room but insists only he addresses the squad
Anthony Gordon and Angel Gomes have put themselves on Gareth Southgate's radar for England after having impressive starts to the season and winning the Under-21 European Championships. Southgate has also had an eye on James Trafford.
Mauricio Pochettino has been putting on extra shooting practice for his misfiring Chelsea players and hopes Mykhailo Mudryk will be boosted by finally breaking his losing run in the crossbar challenge against the club's head coach.
The Rugby World Cup is not certain to remain entirely free-to-air in the UK amid a radical shake-up of how it is both staged and broadcast.
Speculation is rising that Novak Djokovic will perform the role of motivational speaker in the Europe team room, as Luke Donald's side try to summon the relentless competitive spirit and energy of the tennis record-breaker to stop America from winning their first Ryder Cup on away soil in 30 years.
Padraig Harrington has warned that it is not only American fans who behave "awfully" at Ryder Cups, claiming that US players have told him that they have been the targets of abuse in matches held in Europe.
Sir Michael Bonallack, Britain's greatest post-War amateur golfer who became one of the global game's most noteworthy administrators, has died aged 88.

Sport England is to invest £15m in a "gamechanging" network of 59 professional safeguarding officers to protect children and young people across sport.
The Everton Football Club owner Farhad Moshiri received more than £400m from Alisher Usmanov companies in the run-up to the Russian billionaire being placed under sanctions, documents suggest, raising fresh questions about the financial ties between the two men.
Everton manager Sean Dyche says talks with Miami-based company 777 Partners were 'very casual' and admits that the deal has a long way to go before completion

FIFA has been accused of "shirking responsibility" by taking an "insane" approach towards the hosting of the 2026 World Cup.
Erik ten Hag organised a barbecue for the players and staff of Manchester United and their families on Sunday in a move which was warmly received by the dressing room.
Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol has the latest details on the stand-off between manager Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho at Manchester United and says all that is required is an apology from the player
Aaron Ramsdale has posted a telling riposte to Jamie Carragher after losing his place in the Arsenal side to David Raya.
Former Manchester United target Benjamin Sesko has revealed he rejected a move to Old Trafford due to the Red Devils' "style".
Andros Townsend thought he was about to secure another Premier League move this summer - only to be left distraught when an offer was scrapped at the 11th hour.

Manchester City already have one eye on the future as they look to swoop in for AC Milan's superstar youngster Francesco Camarda - who is more potent in front of goal than Erling Haaland.

Police have reportedly arrested a man who threatened to blow up the Parc des Princes during Paris Saint-Germain's victory over Marseille on Sunday evening.
Chelsea defender Marc Cucurella could put an end to his Chelsea misery by sealing a January loan to Real Madrid - where he would link up with Kepa Arrizabalaga once again.

Crystal Palace goalkeeper Dean Henderson is set for a scan after coming off injured in the first half of his club debut against Manchester United.
The UK government has been urged to establish football's new independent regulator in "shadow form" before the end of this year, with full implementation next year, by the Culture, Media and Sport (CMS) Committee.
The Fulham Supporters' Trust (FST) say they are "extremely disappointed" at the club following the increase in ticket prices for their home fixture against Manchester United.
UEFA has moved next year's annual congress from Madrid to Paris in the ongoing fallout of a scandal involving former Spanish FA president Luis Rubiales, who was also a vice president of UEFA.
Barcelona Women have confirmed that sporting director Markel Zubizarreta is leaving the club.

Arsenal are likely to have to pay up to £80m for Ivan Toney as they assess their attacking options in the January transfer market.
Arsenal have also scouted Santiago Gimenez, the 22-year-old who has scored 33 goals for Feyenoord across all competitions since the start of last season.

Reo Hatate is set to become the latest Celtic star to commit his future to Brendan Rodgers with a new contract breakthrough reportedly on the brink.
Barry Robson has revealed Aberdeen are back in talks over a new deal for Connor Barron.

Kemar Roofe says Rangers supporters are booing because they are bored.

Arsenal sporting director Edu has held talks with the agent of Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins about a move for the England international, with Chelsea also interested in the 27-year-old. (Football Transfers)

Aston Villa remain in talks about extending Watkins' contract and want a new deal finalised by January. (90 Min)

Arsenal and Chelsea are willing to offer players as well as money in their attempts to sign England striker Ivan Toney from Brentford, who are likely to want in excess of £75m for the 27-year-old. (90 Min)

Spain defender Marc Cucurella, 25, has told Chelsea he wants to leave in January after his summer switch to Manchester United fell through. (Mirror)

Newcastle United are set to open talks with Brazil midfielder Joelinton, 27, and English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 25, about extending their contracts, which are both set to run out in June 2025. (Football Insider)

Everton are hoping to tie 21-year-old English defender Jarrad Branthwaite down to a new contract. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Barcelona are considering a move for Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 26, when his Leicester City contract expires at the end of the season. (Sport - in Spanish)

Napoli are tracking former Paris St-Germain manager Christophe Galtier following a poor start to the season under Rudi Garcia, while Marseille are also interested in the 57-year-old after former boss Marcelino's surprise resignation. (RMC Sport - in French)

British billionaire Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ready to restructure his offer to buy Manchester United in order to reach an agreement with current owners the Glazers. (Mirror)

Barcelona have verbally agreed a 35m euro (£30.4m) fee with Manchester City to turn 29-year-old Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo's loan into a permanent deal. (El Chiringuito TV - in Spanish)

Slovenia striker Benjamin Sesko, 20, says he spoke to Manchester United over the summer before he left Red Bull Salzburg, but felt a move to RB Leipzig was better for his development. (Transfermarkt - German)

Reading have been placed under a transfer embargo for failing to pay HMRC on time and could face a further points deduction if they fail to pay wages to players and staff this Friday. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea have been given Premier League approval for sports data company Infinite Athlete to be their front-of-shirt sponsor in a deal worth about £40m for the season. (Telegraph - subscription required)


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Saudi Arabian clubs will lead the chase to land Victor Osimhen should he be available in the January transfer window, with Real Madrid and Chelsea also among the clubs holding an interest.
Rory McIlroy came out swinging and showed LIV Golf battle scars are still raw as he said the likes of Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter 'will miss being at the Ryder Cup more than the players will miss them'.
Aston Villa women's star Rachel Daly has deleted a tweet claiming players did not wear the club's 'sweaty' shirt, which has brought about concern for holding too much moisture, during a friendly game this month.
Former Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos was reportedly the victim of a horrifying home raid while he was away on Champions League duty with Sevilla last week.
Andrew Flintoff is set to be part of England's coaching team for the five-Test tour to India at the beginning of 2024.

Manchester United landed an astonishing 12th home cup tie in a row - as Newcastle were 'rewarded' for beating Man City with a Carabao Cup trip to Old Trafford.
Marcus Rashford hopes to kick his car crash woes into touch - after buying a Mercedes van to be driven by a chauffeur.
Antony will remain on indefinite leave from Manchester United - despite flying back into the UK on Tuesday.
Luton's Albert Sambi Lokonga is facing months out with a hamstring injury.

Real Madrid are weighing up a swoop for Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi as they consider successors to Carlo Ancelotti.
Gabriela Cavallin, who says she was assaulted by Manchester United star Antony, is due to fly to the UK next week to speak to police.

Disconsolate Napoli striker Victor Osimhen refused to celebrate his goal for the club on Wednesday just days after the club mocked him on social media.
Manchester United are confident they have not broken any FIFA rules by forcing Jadon Sancho to train alone following a bust-up with Erik ten Hag.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is yet to receive an apology from Jadon Sancho.
Sky Sports chief reporter Kaveh Solhekol has the latest details on the stand-off between manager Erik ten Hag and Jadon Sancho at Manchester United and says all that is required is an apology from the player
Tottenham Hotspur are optimistic James Maddison's knee injury is not serious and that the midfielder will be fit to face Liverpool on Saturday.
The World Cup-winning coach Jorge Vilda has been summoned as a "suspect" in the criminal case against Luis Rubiales, who is facing sexual assault charges for kissing a player on the lips.
UEFA's decision to reinstate Russian junior teams is in disarray after strong opposition to the move from a number of countries and the women's Euro Under-17 Championships hosts Sweden saying they will block Russia's participation.
World Rugby is determined that future World Cups will expand to 24 teams, but know that the next hosts - Australia and the United States - need to rapidly improve on the pitch to make it work.
The former France centre Virimi Vakatawa will make a stunning comeback with Bristol Bears in the Gallagher Premiership this season, after he was forced to retire in 2022 with a heart condition.
Middlesex are locked in a legal battle with their former chief executive Richard Goatley over allegations of financial mismanagement.

The Liverpool MP Ian Byrne has urged the Football Association to call for Aleksander Ceferin to "consider his position" as Uefa president due to mounting concerns about alleged cronyism and safety deficiencies following the near-disaster at the 2022 Champions League final.

Saudi Arabian clubs are looking to recruit leading referees from the Premier League and across Europe to raise the standard of officiating in the country's top division.

Paris Saint-Germain and four of their players, Ousmane Dembele, Randal Kolo Muani, Achraf Hakimi and Layvin Kurzawa, have been summoned by the LFP, the body who oversee French professional football, over allegations of offensive chanting during their victory against Marseille on Sunday.
A number of senior Uruguay men's football players, including the likes of Manchester United's Facundo Pellistri and Liverpool's Darwin Nunez, have issued a statement in support of the strike taking place by the Uruguayan Mutual of Professional Soccer Players (MUFP).
AC Milan have announced plans to build a new 70,000-capacity stadium in the south-eastern area of the city.
FIFA is under pressure to remove Cameroon FA (FECAFOOT) president Samuel Eto'o from his role after a group of the country's football officials called on the organisation to take action against the former striker.
The implementation of FIFA's new agent regulations in England is being delayed by the FA.

Newcastle United are the latest Premier League team to encounter problems with kit manufacturers Castore after it emerged they ended their partnership early following complaints from supporters over the poor quality of their merchandise.
Wyndham Clark, the US Open champion, lit the blue touch paper at the Ryder Cup by claiming the European players would be "leaking oil" and "mentally fatigued" by Sunday and that it could bring their first home defeat in 30 years.

Michael Beale insists SPFL schedulers should be doing more to help Premiership clubs after suffering two more injuries as his Rangers side set up a Viaplay Cup semi-final clash against Hearts.
Barry Robson says he is relishing Aberdeen's battle on three fronts after watching his team set up a Viaplay Cup semi-final clash with Hibernian.
Aberdeen could be without James McGarry for up to six weeks.

Scott Brown has emerged as one of the favourites for the Cheltenham Town manager's job having recently been in charge of another League One club in Fleetwood.

Brighton manager Roberto de Zerbi and Bayer Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso are contenders to replace Carlo Ancelotti should he leave Real Madrid when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Manchester United insiders say the relationship between manager Erik ten Hag and England winger Jadon Sancho, 23, is beyond repair. (i)

Saudi Arabian clubs will lead the chase for 24-year-old Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen ahead of Real Madrid and Chelsea should he leave Napoli in January. (Mail)

Manchester United are planning to open talks over a new contract with 20-year-old Tunisia midfielder Hannibal Mejbri, who is being tracked by Sevilla.(Fabrizio Romano)

Manchester United are planning talks with manager Erik ten Hag over a new contract. (90 Min)

Chelsea are in the market for a new left-back, with Inter Milan's 25-year-old Italy defender Federico Dimarco and AC Milan's France defender Theo Hernandez, 25, on their shortlist. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Sheffield United have spoken to former manager Chris Wilder over the possibility of replacing Paul Heckingbottom. (Football Insider)

Roma are considering a January move for Tottenham's 29-year-old England defender Eric Dier. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Everton's financial future could be in doubt if a takeover by US-based investment firm 777 Partners is not approved. (Guardian)

777 Partners is confident of passing the Premier League owners and directors' test, and has begun dialogue with Everton fan groups to try to ease supporter concerns about its proposed takeover. (i)

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe wants to sign a central defender in the January transfer window. (Football Insider)

Newcastle ended their shirt deal with kit manufacturer Castore early over concerns about the quality of their merchandise. (Telegraph - subscription)

Saudi Arabia are considering recruiting referees from the Premier League and across Europe on a full-time basis. (Times - subscription)