With the football season now in full flow, there’s plenty of news and gossip to try to keep up with from around the footballing world.
From transfers, to injuries, to the weird and wonderful, we’ve got you covered with the very latest.
Mourinho could face touchline ban (Oct 22nd)
Jose Mourinho could face a touchline ban for his actions during the latter stages of the 2-2 draw with Chelsea.
The United boss clashed with Chelsea coach Marco Ianni following Ross Barkley’s last-minute equaliser.
Ianni dashed past Mourinho in celebration during the last seconds of the game and it was something the United boss did not take too kindly too.
Hazard's injury doubt (Oct 22nd)
Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is an injury doubt for their midweek Europa League clash after complaining about a back problem.
The player was given some rough treatment as Manchester United set out to stop him at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.
It appears that the player had gone into the game carrying a knock, but it was likely to have been made worse by the extent of United’s tackles on the Belgian.
Lopetegui braced for Real sack (Oct 22nd)
Julen Lopetegui is reportedly closing in on the sack at Real Madrid.
The former Spain boss has endured a poor start since replacing Zinedine Zidane and it is being claimed that B team manager Santiago Solari could be an immediate replacement if Real pull the trigger.
Real have lost three league games already this season, including a shock 2-1 defeat to Levante this weekend.
Dortmund eye English trio (Oct 22nd)
Borussia Dortmund are reportedly keen to sign Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea), Bobby Duncan (Liverpool), and Phil Foden (Manchester City).
The Bundesliga side are said to be keen to replicate the success they have had with Jadon Sancho by dipping into the Premier League market.
Sancho secured a dramatic move to the Bundesliga to find regular first-team football, something he has done so far this season.
It is now being suggested that more players could be tempted to do the same following Sancho’s rise this season.
Mourinho denies Martial rumours (Oct 22nd)
Jose Mourinho has denied claims that he has fallen out with Anthony Martial during his time at the club.
Reports have claimed that the two have endured a difficult relationship, with the Frenchman looking increasingly likely to move on.
Bayern have been heavily linked with a move to sign Martial, who is yet to commit to a new deal at Old Trafford.
Yarmolenko could miss six months (Oct 22nd)
Andriy Yarmolenko could be ruled out for six months after rupturing his Achilles tendon against Tottenham over the weekend.
The injury comes as a huge blow to West Ham, with the Ukraine international beginning to find his feet at the club after joining from Borussia Dortmund this summer.
Liverpool target Rabiot closing in on PSG deal (Oct 22nd)
Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot is reporteldy close to agreeing a new deal with the Ligue 1 giants.
The midfielder has been heavily linked with moves to Liverpool and Juventus but now looks set to stay in France.
Liverpool have previously made contact over a deal to sign the player in the summer.
Rabiot is out of contract in Paris at the end of the current campaign.
Jokanovic given two games to save his job (Oct 22nd)
Slavisa Jokanovic has reportedly been given two games to keep his job at Fulham.
Despite guiding the club to promotion last season, the Cottagers have been unable to step up to the mark in the top flight.
A disappointing defeat on the road to Cardiff this weekend saw them drop into the bottom three.
Eden Hazard set to become Premier League's highest paid player (Oct 21st)
Chelsea are set to make Eden Hazard the highest paid player in the Premier League as they offer him a £350k-per-week contract. The club are desperate to keep Hazard amid interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid, who reportedly wanted him last summer.
Mourinho eyeing Koulibaly move (Oct 21st)
Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is eager for the club to fund a move for Napoli central defender Kalidou Koulibaly in the next transfer window. Mourinho wants to strengthen his defence and has identified Koulibaly as his number one target.
Arsenal eyeing loan swoop for Malcom (Oct 21st)
Arsenal are eyeing up a loan swoop for Barcelona forward Malcom in the January transfer window. The winger has been frozen out at Barcelona and is looking for a move away in the next window, with Arsenal one of a number of clubs keen to take him.
Palace would welcome Rooney
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has claimed that Wayne Rooney would be welcome at Selhurst Park if he were to want to join on loan in January. The striker is currently plying his trade in America for D.C United.
Conte set to take over at Real Madrid (Oct 21st)
Former Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is set to take over at Real Madrid. Julen Lopetegui is under fire due to Real’s recent poor form and reports claim that Conte is close to agreeing a deal to take over from the former Spain national team coach. Conte has been out of a job since he left Chelsea at the end of last season.
Manchester City considering Ake bid (Oct 21st)
Manchester City are considering a bid for Bournemouth central defender Nathan Ake in January. The centre-back is thought to be valued at £40m following his impressive form in the Premier League this year. Tottenham are also interested in the Dutchman.
Real Madrid ready to make Sterling move (Oct 21st)
Real Madrid are ready to make a move for Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling in January. The Spanish giants are set to go in with an offer for the England international following a breakdown in his negotiations for a new contract at Manchester City.
Juventus captain Chiellini says Pogba would be welcome back in Turin (19th Oct)
Giorgio Chiellini has said his former teammate Paul Pogba is welcome back at Juventus. Despite being snapped up by former club Manchester United in 2016 for £89 million, things haven’t gone to plan for the Frenchman at Old Trafford. A rumoured feud between the midfielder and manager Jose Mourinho could be pushing the World Cup winner out the door in Manchester, and Juventus are seemingly eager to recapture their once-superstar.
Sancho unlikely to return to City during Guardiola's reign (19th Oct)
Teenage sensation Jadon Sancho is unlikely to return to Manchester City during Pep Guardiola’s time at the club. A difficult exit from the champions occurred in 2016, as the then 16-year-old saw fellow youngster Leroy Sane arrive via the transfer window. Flogged to Borussia Dortmund for around £10 million, City had wanted Sancho to stay – offering him a record contract for an academy player. Having impressed for Dortmund so far this season, Sancho would make his England debut against Croatia. Asked if the winger would return to the Etihad, Guardiola said “I don’t know, in football you never say no but when he decided to move on it’s because he didn’t want to be here.”.
Negotiations begin for new Chilwell deal (
Like Sancho, Chilwell made his England debut against Croatia. With clubs like Liverpool reportedly circling the 21-year-old, Leicester are understandably eager to tie the left-back down to a new contract. A superb start to the season for Chilwell is set to reward the youngster financially.
Martial edges closer to Old Trafford exit (19th Oct)
It’s no secret that Anthony Martial wants out of Manchester United. Ready to leave at the end of last season, the Frenchman was not granted his wish during the summer transfer window. The 22-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, and has already turned down multiple contract offers to remain in Salford. With Spurs, Juventus, and PSG all interested, United fans had better start saying their goodbyes to the forward…
Saints want Jardim if Hughes gets sack (19th Oct)
Southampton have reportedly lined up their next managerial target, should the club decide to sever ties with Mark Hughes. A tricky end to last season saw the south coast club only just survive, and the side have hardly impressed in the early going this term. Formerly of AS Monaco, Leonardo Jardim is fresh from being sacked himself – but that isn’t putting off the Southampton board. It seems they believe a manager with European experience isn’t going to stay out of work for long.
Highly rated youngster De Jong linked to City (19th Oct)
Frenkie De Jong is one of the most fancied midfielders in Europe, and the Ajax man is no stranger to a big transfer rumour, even at the age of 21. Manchester City are the next in a long line of teams to have their name associated with the Dutchman. Supposedly willing to part with £70 million for De Jong, the transfer is being touted as an alternative to Jorginho – a man City missed out on signing this summer.
Hazard happy at Chelsea (19th Oct)
Eden Hazard is content with life in London. The forward has been almost ceaselessly linked with a move to Real Madrid, a transfer that would see him follow former Chelsea teammate Thibaut Courtois to the Spanish capital. However, the 27-year-old is quite happy where he is – for now. The winger said, “So If I don’t go to Spain, it is not a problem. I love the fans – I think the fans love me! What happens in the future, I will be happy, so that’s it.”.
Arsenal targeting Roma's Under (19th Oct)
Cengiz Under has reportedly caught the eye of Arsenal. The AS Roma winger saw playing time for the Italian outfit last season, and at the age of 21 appears to be one of the more promising prospects in European football. Unai Emery can already boast a deep attacking corps, but could add to it further in January.
Mourinho "would love" to sign Hazard (19th Oct)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he “would love” to sign Eden Hazard. The pair worked together during the Portuguese tactician’s second spell at Stamford Bridge, and the Belgian himself has expressed a desire to once again be managed by Mourinho. Despite being linked with a move away from London, Hazard has recently iterated that he is very happy in his present surroundings.
Middlesbrough boss Pulis praises Everton loanee (19th Oct)
After scoring against Sheffield Wednesday in a Friday night Championship clash, Muhamed Besic has been praised by manager Tony Pulis. The Middlesbrough star (on loan from Everton) is reportedly costing the North Eastern outfit £30,000 per week, so all contributions the loanee can make will be welcome. Pulis said, “I felt Mo played well at Ipswich in his last game, he tired a bit there. But he is a good player. I have a strong affiliation with him which is very special.”.
Real Madrid plotting Bale swap deal for Hazard (19th Oct)
Real Madrid could tempt Chelsea into selling Eden Hazard during the January window by offering Gareth Bale in return. The Spanish giants are planning for the possibility of using the Welshman as part of the deal, according to Spanish press. With Bale not fully settled in Spain – even now – and Hazard quite clearly open to the idea of a Stamford Bridge exit, a swap-type deal could make sense for all parties.
Alexis Sanchez already wants Old Trafford exit (19th Oct)
Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez is reportedly considering leaving the club, just nine month after his arrival. The Chile international has not been able to settle at Old Trafford nor seemingly under manager Jose Mourinho. The forward has been left out of over half the games he’s been available for selection since joining the Red Devils, something he’s thought to be unhappy about.
Liverpool duo set to be fit for Huddersfield (19th Oct)
Liverpool have been handed a major boost ahead of their trip to face Huddersfield Town on Saturday evening as both Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk are expected to be fit to play. Salah returned from international duty early after picking up a groin injury whilst representing Egypt in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, whilst Van Dijk played just one of the Netherlands’ two games as he is still managing a long-standing rib injury.
Everton join Ramsey party as pursuit for signature heightens (19th Oct)
Everton are ready to make a ‘great’ offer for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, according to reports. The Wales international is currently the Gunners’ longest serving player, but with his contract up next summer and with Arsenal having withdrawn the offer of a new deal, it appears that the 27-year-old will be looking for new stomping ground at the end of the season. A whole host of clubs are, expectedly, very interested.
Bad news for Spurs as Alli and Rose set for sidelines (19th Oct)
Dele Alli looks likely to be ruled out of Spurs’ clash with West Ham on Saturday. Mauricio Pochettino confirmed the attacking midfielder is not yet back to full fitness. Nursing a hamstring problem, Alli will also probably miss the Champions League fixture with PSV Eindhoven next week. Pochettino confirmed that Danny Rose will also be missing from the squad at the weekend, as the left-back tries to recover from a groin issue.
Newcastle keen on Liverpool pair in January (19th Oct)
Newcastle United boss Rafa Benitez has shortlisted Liverpool duo Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi as potential January targets for the club. Benitez is out to strengthen in the final third when the window swings around with his Newcastle side short of options in front of goal. It’s unlikely the Reds will sell Solanke, and Newcastle can’t loan him with two Premier League loan-deals already in progress, but Jurgen Klopp is happy to sell Origi, who looks to be well down the pecking order in terms of attacking options.
Bradley Dack on Spurs radar (19th Oct)
Tottenham could be looking to rival West Brom in the race to sign Bradley Dack from Blackburn Rovers. According to reports, Spurs have been keeping close tabs on Dack who has been impressing in the Championship this season. Spurs are understandably keen to strengthen their squad in January after making zero signings in the summer.
Unai Emery set to be handed moderate transfer budget (19th Oct)
Unai Emery is expected to have just £40 million to spend in next summer’s transfer window. Reports claim that because of the expected financial loss that Arsenal are set to make, the Gunners are going to be forced into some tight spending in the coming months. As well as a lack of Champions League football to bring in extra revenue, the club have also shelled out big on players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in recent windows.
No new deal expected for Benitez (19th Oct)
Rafa Benitez is unlikely to sign a new deal at Newcastle this summer, but is not expected to be sacked despite a horrible beginning to the season. The Spaniard hasn’t won a Premier League game since April, but crucially, he has the majority of Newcastle fans on his side. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is reportedly on Newcastle’s shortlist to replace Benitez, with the Northern Irishman linked with a return to the Premier League.
Real Madrid make contact with Conte (19th Oct)
Real Madrid have made contact with former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to enquire about the possibility of him taking the helm at the Bernabeu. Current Los Blancos manager Julen Lopetegui has just three games to save his job, according to reports, hence the need for the Real hierarchy to sound out replacements. Conte has won trophies during his time in Italy and England, certainly making him a suitable candidate.
Barcelona want Roberto Firmino as Luis Suarez successor (18th Oct)
Barcelona want to sign Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino to eventually replace Luis Suarez. Former Red, Philippe Coutinho, has supposedly recommended his fellow Brazilian to the Spanish giants. Suarez, now 31, is coming towards the end of his peak, with the Catalan side now beginning to consider replacements.
Hazard 'ready to accept' new deal (18th Oct)
Chelsea are reportedly set for a major breakthrough in their hopes of tying Eden Hazard down to a new long-term deal. The Belgian is finally ‘ready to accept’ the Blues’ contract offer, amid talk of a move to Real Madrid. It’s thought the forward has been offered a deal worth €18 million a year, which works out at just over £300,000 a week.
West Ham CEO refuses to rule out stadium buy (18th Oct)
West Ham CEO Karren Brady has admitted West Ham would think about buying the London Stadium if they were offered the chance to. Current stadium owners E20 are operating at a huge loss of £22m for the last financial year. “That [buying the stadium] is certainly something we would look at. But we would have to be really clear about UK Athletics, the seat moves, the long-term maintenance costs.”
West Ham plotting Giroud move (18th Oct)
West Ham are eyeing up a swoop for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the next transfer window. Giroud is yet to score for Chelsea this season, but has been Maurizio Sarri’s preferred starting striker due to his impressive hold-up play. West Ham want a striker to compete with Marko Arnautovic and have highlighted Giroud as their ideal man.
Spurs face competition for Hector Herrera (18th Oct)
Real Madrid are set to rival Tottenham for Porto captain Hector Herrera. The 28-year-old is out of contract with the Portuguese giants in the summer and has shown no interest in remaining in the country. Herrera is catching the eye of several top European clubs with Arsenal also previously believed to be contenders for the Mexican’s signature.
Sokratis an injury doubt for Arsenal's game with Leicester (18th Oct)
Arsenal defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos is a doubt to play against Leicester City this weekend after suffering an ankle injury whilst on international duty. The centre-back was taken off at half-time during Greece’s 2-1 defeat against Finland on Monday. Sokratis has established himself as one of Arsenal’s best defenders this season and manager Unai Emery is already short on players in that position, with Laurent Koscielny and Konstantinos Mavropanos still unavailable.
Joao Moutinho aiming for Europe with Wolves (18th Oct)
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder Joao Moutinho is setting his sights on helping the club qualify for European competition. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men sit seventh with 15 points to their name after the first eight rounds of fixtures, one place ahead of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. “We are seventh and we are only three points off Europe, but we know the other teams can catch us. We need to continue to do good work.”
Newcastle buy-out could hinge on survival (18th Oct)
A potential bid from a group of US-based investors to buy Newcastle United is likely to depend on their Premier League status. Reports suggest that a consortium are planning a bid to buy the club from Mike Ashley, but it is unlikely to materialise if they are relegated into the Championship. Ashley has supposedly been looking for an offer of around £300 million.
Liverpool second choice revealed as Aymeric Laporte (18th Oct)
Liverpool would have reportedly pursued a deal to sign Aymeric Laporte had they missed out on Virgil van Dijk. According to reports, the Reds had the Frenchman in their sights as an alternative to the former Southampton man. Both players have thoroughly impressed since their respective transfers back in January.
Fulham and Palace to do battle over Ivanovic (18th Oct)
Fulham and Crystal Palace with reportedly rival each other for the services of Zenit St Petersburg defender Branislav Ivanovic. The 34-year-old is most famous for his time with Fulham’s bitter rivals Chelsea, where he amassed 377 appearances in a successful nine-year spell at Stamford Bridge. The player’s contract with Zenit runs out next summer so would be available on a free transfer.
Mourinho would struggle even with Messi says Scholes (Oct 17th)
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that Jose Mourinho would still be struggling this season if he had Lionel Messi in his side.
Keen to emphasise the depth of the problems at Manchester United, Scholes revealed that he does not think the Argentinian would solve any problems at Old Trafford.
When asked about the current squad, he explained, “It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.”
City's Wembley concern (Oct 17th)
Manchester City have reportedly raised their concerns over the state of the Wembley pitch.
The two sides meet in London at the end of the month but an NFL game is scheduled to take place a day before the match.
The Wembley pitch has suffered over the years as a result of alternative sports being played on it and concerns were also raised after the recent Seahawks vs Raiders game.
Messi told he can leave Barcelona for free on one condition (Oct 17th)
Barcelona have reportedly told Lionel Messi he can leave the club for free, providing he does not join a team from a major league.
According to reports in Spain, Messi’s current release clause stands at €700 million.
However, they say that the club will not stand in his way if he wanted to complete a move away, possibly to a league like Japan or the Middle East, following in the footsteps of Xavi or Andres Iniesta.
Both players left Barcelona at the latter stages of their careers for lucrative deals elsewhere.
Barcelona make Spurs target de Ligt their number one target (Oct 17th)
Barcelona have reportedly shortlisted Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt as their number one transfer target.
The Dutchman has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs and Manchester City in recent weeks, but it is believed Barcelona are leading the chase.
The La Liga giants want to sign another central defender and have their eyes on de Ligt.
De Ligt has earned plenty of admirers after his performances in the Eredivisie for Ajax.
Alonso set to sign new Chelsea deal (Oct 17th)
Spanish defender Marcos Alonso is set to sign a new deal at Chelsea.
The left-back has confirmed a deal is imminent after new talks with the club.
Alonso was linked with a move away from the club over the summer, with both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid reportedly keen to sign him.
Spurs to rival Arsenal for Andersen (Oct 17th)
Tottenham will rival Arsenal in the race to sign Joachim Andersen from Sampdoria.
The Danish defender has attracted a lot of interest from Italy, with Inter and Juventus both interested in a move for the player.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add another central defender to his ranks as concerns grow over Toby Alderweireld’s contract situation.
The Belgian is out of contract at the end of the season and is being linked with Barcelona and Manchester United.
United focusing on de Gea talks (Oct 17th)
Manchester United are reporteldy focusing on contract talks with David de Gea.
United want to tie down the player’s long-term future amid more suggestions of a move away.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with moves to sign the Spaniard in the past.
The club have been in talks with both Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial, with deals believed to be progressing well.
Hammers linked with cut-price Brahimi deal (Oct 17th)
West Ham are once again being linked with a move to sign Yacine Brahimi from Porto.
According to claims in Portugal he could be moved on in a cut-price January deal.
Brahimi was heavily linked with West Ham in the summer but opted to remain in Portugal, despite the Hammers having a bid turned down for the player.
Liverpool eyeing a move for Lorenzo Insigne (16th Oct)
Liverpool are interested in signing Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, according to reports in Italy. The forward has been linked with a number of high profile moves in recent seasons, but has seen none of them come to fruition. Jurgen Klopp may be on the hunt for extra firepower to compliment his already-potent front three.
City ready to pay £62m for De Jong (16th Oct)
Manchester City are keen on signing Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are apparently prepared to pay £62m to get him. The Dutchman is hotly tipped to be a star and at just 21, he’s got the time to get there. Along with City, Barcelona and Spurs are thought to hold interest in him.
Manchester United move to deny sale claims (16th Oct)
Manchester United have moved to deny claims the club is about to be put up for sale. The rumours suggest a Saudi Arabian bidder – the crown prince Mohammad bin Salman no less – is keen on purchasing the Premier League giants. It’s thought that the current owners, the Glazer family, value the business at around the £4bn mark.
Ryan Sessegnon nominated for BBC award (16th Oct)
Fulham star Ryan Sessegnon is one of 10 names nominated for the 2018 BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award. The 18-year-old is the only footballer to be shortlisted this year. The midfielder will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Manchester City’s Phil Foden, who bagged the spoils in 2017.
Sandro Tonali on Maurizio Sarri's radar (16th Oct)
Chelsea are reportedly prepared to pay as much as €20 million in order to sign Brescia’s Sandro Tonali. Maurizio Sarri is reportedly a huge admirer of the player and Chelsea are willing to back the Italian and bring the midfielder to London. Tonali is already being dubbed as ‘the next Andrea Pirlo’ – no pressure!
Miraculous recovery leaves Milner in contention for Huddersfield (16th Oct)
Liverpool midfielder James Milner looks set to be fit to face Huddersfield Town this weekend, despite reports suggesting that he’d be out for a month after he injured his hamstring against Manchester City. Milner has not yet trained after suffering the injury but he could join his teammates in Thursday’s session and if he does, then he’ll back in contention to face the Terriers on Saturday evening.
Gunners tracking Partey as Ramsey replacement (16th Oct)
Premier League club Arsenal are keeping a close eye on the situation of Atletico Madrid midfielder, Thomas Partey. The 25-year-old is currently on a deal with Atletico that expires in 2023, but has very much fallen out of favour this season. With Aaron Ramsey set to leave the Gunners at the end of the season, manager Unai Emery is clearly already identifying potential replacements for the Welshman.
Mesut Ozil nearing Arsenal return (16th Oct)
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has returned to full training with the squad after missing their last match at Craven Cottage. A back spasm was the reason as to why Ozil was unable to feature, just three days after playing 25 minutes in their 3-0 win over Qarabag in the Europa League. Unai Emery will be keen to get his man back as soon as possible to help continue the Gunners’ excellent momentum.
Saints hold interest in Edin Dzeko (16th Oct)
Southampton have shown an interest in signing striker Edin Dzeko from AS Roma, according to reports. The 32-year-old spent five seasons at Manchester City, where he won two Premier League titles and recently admitted that he hadn’t ruled out a return to English football. “It’s probably too late for me to return to the Premier League, but you never know – we’ll see.”
Newcastle want Burke in January (16th Oct)
Newcastle United have identified West Brom winger Oliver Burke as a transfer target for the January transfer window. Burke has found it difficult to get enough first-team opportunities this season and could be open to moving away from the Hawthorns in January. The Baggies paid £15m to sign Burke from RB Leipzig last year.
Bale set to reject Old Trafford move (15th Oct)
Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale is ready to reject the chance to move to Manchester United. Bale is happy at Real Madrid and will not let the club force him to make the switch back to England at the end of the season. Bale has three goals and two assists in seven La Liga appearances so far this season, following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.
Hazard fails to rule out Real Madrid move but wants 'good' exit (15th Oct)
Eden Hazard failed to rule out a move to Real Madrid, but has declared his desire to not forcibly exit Chelsea and says if he were to leave, he would leave on ‘good terms’. Speaking to French TV, Hazard said: “Chelsea were clear to me, I could not leave, I accepted it. I will never clash with a club. If I leave Chelsea, I will leave on good terms.”
Nathan Ake could be on Spurs' radar (15th Oct)
Daniel Levy may be eyeing a January swoop for Bournemouth star Nathan Ake, thanks to Jan Vertonghen’s expected lengthy absence due to injury. Any deal for the Dutchman wouldn’t be cheap, however, with figures in the region of £40m being touted.
Van Dijk a doubt for Liverpool after international injury (15th Oct)
Virgil Van Dijk has returned to Liverpool this weekend after suffering an injury whilst playing for Holland. The central defender has been ruled out of Holland’s clash with Belgium on Tuesday night and is a doubt for the Reds’ clash with Huddersfield next Saturday. It could be a big blow for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Chelsea move to offer Kante improved deal (15th Oct)
Chelsea have offered star midfielder N’Golo Kante a new contract amidst interest from Ligue 1 champions PSG. The French side were heavily linked with Kante over the summer and the midfielder was reportedly interested in the potential move. It remains to be seen whether he will sign a new deal at Stamford Bridge.
Phil Foden attracting interest from abroad (15th Oct)
Manchester City youngster Phil Foden has reportedly emerged as a target for Borussia Dortmund and PSG. A move to Dortmund would allow Foden to follow former City youngster Jadon Sancho, who has thrived since his transfer to Germany. Although it’s thought the Englishman would be unlikely to depart City given his commitment to the cause under Guardiola, the prospect of first-team football on a more regular basis would surely be tempting.
Arsenal keen on highly rated German in January (15th Oct)
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz is a target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to reports. The 19-year-old has become a regular for Leverkusen in Germany and is regarded as one of the most promising young players in the division. He has scored four goals in ten appearances in all competitions for Leverkusen this season.
Mourinho still wants Croatian at United (15th Oct)
Manchester United could make a fresh move to sign Ante Rebic from Eintracht Frankfurt in January. The Red Devils tried to sign the Croatian in the summer and failed to do so, with Rebic deciding to commit his future to Frankfurt, putting pen to paper on a new deal. Despite this, though, it seems Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is unwilling to give up the ghost as he reportedly continues to chase the versatile attacker’s signature.
Loftus-Cheek could receive January lifeline (15th Oct)
Everton are expected to register their interest in a loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek. The England international has reportedly grown frustrated by his shortage of opportunities in the first-team under Maurizio Sarri, leading him to express his desire to leave Chelsea on loan. Everton already have a plethora of midfield options in their senior squad but may regard the opportunity to land Loftus-Cheek on a short-term deal as too good to turn down.
Serie A calling for Lazaar in January (15th Oct)
Newcastle United defender Achraf Lazaar has been linked with a January move to Genoa. The Moroccan left-back appeared to have been on the verge of a switch to the Serie A side towards the end of the summer transfer window. However, the deal fell through, leaving Lazaar with little chance of featuring for Newcastle this term.
Krzysztof Piatek valued at £53m (14th Oct)
Genoa forward Krzysztof Piatek has been valued at £53m by his club, with Premier League sides Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham all thought to be eyeing a move for the centre-forward. The striker recently scored his first goal for Poland and has scored 13 goals in 8 games for Genoa in all competitions this season, with nine in seven in the Serie A.
Shaw set to sign new Manchester United contract (14th Oct)
Manchester United defender Luke Shaw is set to sign a new five-year deal with the club. Shaw is ready to commit his future to Old Trafford after an impressive start to the season on a personal note. After struggling last season, Shaw was named as Manchester United’s player of the month for August.
Manchester United set to extend De Gea's contract (14th Oct)
Manchester United are set to extend the contract of David De Gea in January if he does not agree to a new deal by that time. There is a clause in his contract which allows the club to extend it by a further year, with his deal expiring a the end of the season. This will prevent the Spanish international from signing a pre-contract deal with any other side.
Manchester City wanted to triple Messi's wages (14th Oct)
Manchester City were reportedly willing to triple Lionel Messi’s wages to convince him to move from England to Barcelona. Pep Guardiola was keen to work with the Argentine forward again, but he decided to remain in Spain. Messi is one of the favourites to the Ballon d’Or later this year, alongside Luka Modric, Mo Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Mourinho eager to bring Ibrahimovic back to Old Trafford in January (13th Oct)
Struggling to get his team scoring regularly this season, reports are suggesting that Jose Mourinho is close to bringing Zlatan Ibrahimovic back to Old Trafford. In one full season at Manchester United, the enigmatic Swede scored 29 goals before jetting off to Los Angeles to join LA Galaxy. 21 goals in 25 MLS games means the colossal forward still has ‘it’, and ‘that’ is something Mourinho is eager to bring back to Manchester.
Ramsey to remain an Arsenal player beyond January (13th Oct)
Aaron Ramsey’s contract talks with Arsenal have seemed to be long gone, but the midfielder confirmed that he wouldn’t be heading out the door at the Emirates before the summer. A reduced-price sale had been a possibility for January, but all signs suggest the Welshman is set to become a free agent. Likely to have many suitors, clubs such as Liverpool, Spurs, and Juventus have been touted as having interest in the 27-year-old.
Mourinho scouts Milinkovic-Savic (13th Oct)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was in attendance for Serbia’s match against Montenegro on Thursday. Allegedly there to scout Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the ‘Special One’ saw the 23-year-old come off the bench for the final ten minutes. It wasn’t a wasted trip for Mourinho however, who saw Milinkovic-Savic assist a late goal for Aleksandar Mitrovic. Meeting with chairman Ed Woodward this week, Jose could demand sufficient cash to bring ‘SMS’ to Old Trafford.
Alderweireld hushed on contract talks (12th Oct)
Spurs star Toby Alderweireld has insisted he is happy at Spurs, but is staying quiet on the club’s attempt to extend his deal. With his current contract set to expire in the summer, the North London outfit reportedly rejected advances from Manchester United for the Belgian international during the last transfer window. The 29-year-old is part of a strong central defender pairing with fellow countryman Jan Vertonghen at Spurs, but Maurizio Pochettino may allow Alderweireld to move on for the sake of the more youthful Davinson Sanchez.
Newcastle to make play for Brendan Rodgers (13th Oct)
Away from traditional transfer news, Newcastle are said to be eyeing up Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers. A disappointing start to the season for the Magpies has seen Rafael Benitez fail to record a win, most recently letting a two goal lead against Manchester United slip in a 3-2 defeat. Should owner Mike Ashley opt to move on from the charismatic Spaniard, Rodgers is said to be one of his key targets to take the all-important seat in the dugout.
United reportedly contact Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri (13th Oct)
Similarly to Newcastle, Manchester United are another side reportedly keeping an eye on who might be their next manager. The club have supposedly contacted Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, who has conquered Italian football with ‘The Old Lady’ in recent years. Allegri has never managed outside Italy, but the Salford outfit’s interest may be worth monitoring.
West Ham latest team to enter race for Gary Cahill (13th Oct)
Chelsea’s club captain Gary Cahill is out of contract come the summer, and few are expecting the 32-year-old to be offered a new deal at Stamford Bridge. Instead, attention is turning to where he might go next. Southampton, Aston Villa, and even Galatasary are all said to be interested, but Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham are the latest club to check in on the status of the former England international.
United make offer for Algerian international Ghoulam (13th Oct)
Manchester United have reportedly made an offer for Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam. Less than pleased with his options of Luke Shaw and Ashley Young, Jose Mourinho had been tipped with upgrading at the position during the summer. The Algerian international won’t be leaving the Stadio San Paolo for less than £40 million, however.
England duo make debuts in soulless stadium (13th Oct)
Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho made their England debuts in the UEFA Nations League against Croatia on Friday night, in a stadium emptied by UEFA sanctions. The Leicester full-back started the game and admitted he wished his family and friends could have attended the 0-0 draw, but conceded they would have been watching at home. Sancho was a second-half substitute, and looked dangerous in his limited minutes.
Henry appointed AS Monaco coach (13th Oct)
Thierry Henry has taken his maiden manager’s job, heading back to boyhood club AS Monaco. Sitting third from bottom in Ligue 1, the team sacked Leonardo Jardim earlier in the week. Henry was the standout candidate to take over in the dugout, and will have a hard task on his hands to turn Monaco’s fortunes around.
Spurs eyeing move for Eric Bailly in January (12th Oct)
Tottenham are hoping to sign Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to reports. Mauricio Pochettino wants to strengthen his defensive options and has identified the Ivory Coast man as someone that can help him do that. Bailly has been in and out of the United team under Mourinho and may view January as a good time to head towards the Old Trafford exit door.
Everton could sign Samir Nasri once ban had ended (12th Oct)
Everton are reportedly interested in signing former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri. The 31-year-old Frenchman is a free agent, having left Turkish Süper Lig side Antalyaspor last January, when he was given a drugs ban for receiving an intravenous drip treatment in Los Angeles in 2016.
Chilwell set for first England start (12th Oct)
Leicester City full-back Ben Chilwell is likely to earn his first England start when the Three Lions take on Croatia in the UEFA Nations League on Friday night. This is only the second time the 21-year-old has been involved with Gareth Southgate’s senior squad, having come on as a substitute in last month’s win over Switzerland at the King Power Stadium. It’s just reward for some excellent performances for Leicester so far this campaign.
Liverpool and Juventus keen on Zielinski (12th Oct)
Liverpool will face competition from Juventus in their pursuit of Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski. According to reports in Italy, both clubs are keeping a watchful eye on the player’s situation in Naples, with contract talks rumbling on. Napoli have been in talks to renew the player’s contract for some time, amid interest from top European sides. However, it appears that a release clause in the new deal is proving to be a sticking point between the two parties.
Buffon declares which away ground has the best atmosphere (12th Oct)
Gianluigi Buffon, regarded by some as the greatest goalkeeper of all time, has said that of all of the stadiums he’s played at as a visiting goalkeeper, Anfield has the best atmosphere. Buffon played against Liverpool at Anfield in a Champions League quarter-final tie back in 2005, when he was the goalkeeper of Juventus. When asked, he said: “Definitely Anfield, in Liverpool. That was one of the few stadiums, along with Rangers in Glasgow and Fenerbahce in Istanbul, where there was such commotion for the first 15-20 minutes that I had trouble concentrating.”
United make their move for Atletico Madrid man (12th Oct)
Manchester United have made a “dizzying” offer for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez, according to Spanish reports. The Frenchman, a World Cup winner with France this summer, has a release clause with his club totalling around £70m. It’s thought Jose Mourinho is keen to add quality and versatility to his defence.
PSG hoping Wenger can be their man (12th Oct)
Paris St-Germain want to make former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger their new director of football. The Frenchman has been out of football since leaving Arsenal at the end of last season. Whilst a role like this isn’t quite getting back into management, Wenger may feel it’s a good step to at least be involved in football once more.
Chelsea will have to pay handsomely for Piatek (12th Oct)
Chelsea are reportedly keen to recruit Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek following his impressive start to the season. The Poland international has enjoyed an exceptional start to the new campaign, firing in nine goals for Genoa in Serie A and also contributing with a further four in just one Coppa Italia outing. However, it seems interested parties will be forced to pay a premium price if they are to lure the 23-year-old away from Genoa any time soon, with the Italian club demanding a sum of €40 million for their talisman.
Klopp acknowledges need for trophies (12th Oct)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been discussing his desire to win silverware at the club. The German boss has not yet won a trophy during his time in charge of the Reds but has acknowledged that his side must kick on and get their hands on something this season. “In most sports, coming second in the Olympics, you come home with a silver medal. In football, it’s nothing. And it’s nothing for me as well. I want to win it, and I know that’s a responsibility.”
Sterling attracting big interest from Spain (11th Oct)
Real Madrid are reportedly monitoring Raheem Sterling’s situation at Manchester City closely, as they consider making a move for the English winger. The 23-year-old has entered the last two years of his current contract and this may mean he’s available at a cut-price as early as next summer.
Ramsey race hots up as Juventus join the party (11th Oct)
Juventus are set to offer Aaron Ramsey a pre-contract deal in the coming weeks. The Italian giants are prepared to make a serious offer to land the Welsh international, according to reports. Ramsey’s contract with Arsenal expires at the end of the season and the club are not prepared to offer him a new deal. Liverpool and Manchester United are now looking to take advantage of this by making a move for the midfielder – offering Arsenal a transfer fee instead of letting him leave on a free.
Manchester United set to open contract talks with Lingard (11th Oct)
Manchester United are set to initiate new contract talks with Jesse Lingard over the coming weeks, as the club look to tie down the 25-year-old for years to come. The England international, who had an impressive World Cup in Russia over the summer, is thought of very highly at Old Trafford.
Antonio Conte in demand as next job edges closer (11th Oct)
Antonio Conte is the latest manager to be linked to the Bayern Munich job, with Niko Kovac under heavy pressure in the Bundesliga after just a handful of games in charge. Conte was linked with the Real Madrid job throughout the summer and reports have suggested he is still on their radar too, should Los Blanco look to sack Julen Lopetegui.
Stats show Torreira already having huge Arsenal impact (11th Oct)
Incredible new stats on Lucas Torreira show just how important he has already been to the Arsenal squad. Despite being relatively unknown before his move to the Emirates, the 22-year-old has already proven his worth to Unai Emery’s squad as they look to mount a real challenge for the Premier League title this campaign. Stats show that Arsenal have scored just nine goals but conceded 10 when Torreira has not been on the pitch for the Gunners this season. However, when the Uruguayan has been on the pitch, Arsenal have scored a staggering 20 goals and conceded just three. Key.
Napoli owner takes swipe at Maurizio Sarri (11th Oct)
Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has hit out at Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri, claiming that he is only interested in making money. Sarri left the Italian Serie A club for Premier League side Chelsea during the summer and he has settled into English football effortlessly. “Sarri? I thought I had met a coach who would stay at Napoli for a long time. At a certain point, it became a question linked exclusively to money.”
Lanzini gives update on injury (11th Oct)
Manuel Lanzini has taken to Instagram to post an encouraging update on the horrendous knee injury that he suffered in the summer. The West Ham star posted a video of him kicking a ball for the first time since tearing his right ACL in training with the Argentina squad, shortly before the World Cup. Lanzini had been expected to miss the majority of the 2018/19 season with the injury but his latest update is very encouraging, with the player himself hoping to return to action ahead of schedule in January.
Tosun Everton exit rumours rubbished (11th Oct)
Everton striker Cenk Tosun will stay at Goodison Park and is still fully committed to the club despite rumours linking him with a move to Besiktas. Reports claim that Tosun is happy at the Merseyside club and despite struggling to score goals so far this season, he is still a big part of Marco Silva’s plans.
Fulham and Watford eyeing move for AC Milan defender (11th Oct)
Fulham will reportedly look to sign AC Milan defender Mateo Musacchio in January but will face competition from Watford for his signature. Reports claim that the Cottagers will revive their interest in the player having tracked him in the summer. The 28-year-old, who operates at centre-back, has featured regularly for Gennaro Gattuso’s side this season, starting seven of the club’s eight league matches.
Barkley reveals World Cup frustration (11th Oct)
Ross Barkley has admitted that it was “frustrating” to not be picked for Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad. Barkley, who has 22 England caps, suffered a difficult 2017/18 season. Struggling with a hamstring injury, the midfielder was limited to just five appearances in all competitions last season. Barkley – this season – has already surpassed his appearance total for the whole of last season. “It was frustrating for me because England means the world to me, to play for your country, but these things happen in football and you have to react and work hard to get your rewards, which I am doing.”
Real wanted to Klopp to replace Zidane (Oct 10th)
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was reportedly on Real Madrid’s radar during the summer.
Reports in Spain are suggesting that the club wanted to bring in the Liverpool boss as a replacement for Zinedine Zidane when he left the club.
The Spanish giants were clearly unsuccessful in their approach, hiring Julen Lopetegui instead, who is also now under increasing pressure in Spain.
Juventus rule out Pogba return (Oct 10th)
Juventus have ruled out a move to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.
The Italian champions had been among the bookmakers’ favourites to land the player should he go on to leave the Premier League side.
Barcelona are also being linked with a move to sign Pogba, but Juventus believe they will not be able to afford the player.
Spurs linked with Ndombele move (Oct 10th)
Tottenham are being linked with January move to sign French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.
The Lyon man has also been linked with Manchester City in recent weeks after impressing in both Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola is beleived to be a huge admirer of the player and has earmarked him to bolster his midfield.
Hazard waiting on Real Madrid call (Oct 10th)
Chelsea star Eden Hazard is reportedly waiting to see if Real Madrid will sign him in the summer before deciding if he will put to pen paper on a new deal.
The Belgian international has two years remaining on his current deal and has previously admitted that he is in two minds about whether or not to renew.
Madrid were keen to sign the player during the summer but were priced out of a move.
Butland could make PL move after agent split (Oct 10th)
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland could make a move to the Premier League in January after splitting from his long-standing agent.
Gareth Southgate wants to pick from as many Premier League players as possible and Butland may have to force a top-flight return to cement his place in the England squad.
Butland was heavily linked with Chelsea before they signed Kepa Arrizabalaga from Athletic Bilbao.
City lead Sancho race thanks to contract clause (10th Oct)
Manchester City will hope to beat the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea to Jadon Sancho’s signature because of the buy-back clause inserted into the deal that took him to Dortmund. Sancho left City for Germany in a £8 million deal but City were keen to ensure that they put themselves at the front of the queue should they wish to re-sign him in the future. City will have the first refusal on the player should an official bid be lodged.
Reds join Chelsea and United in hunt for Ajax man (10th Oct)
Liverpool are ready to rival Manchester United and Chelsea as they pursue Ajax star Donny van de Beek. The 21-year-old is one of several young Ajax players to have progressed through the ranks in recent times, nailing down a regular place in the club’s first-team plans. The Reds are believed to have expressed an interest in signing the promising youngster, whose future in Amsterdam is under scrutiny following a sporadic role for Ajax this season.
Aston Villa set to miss out on Thierry Henry (10th Oct)
Aston Villa look set to miss out on the appointment of Thierry Henry, with AS Monaco closing in on a deal to make the former Arsenal star their new manager. Following the dismissal of Steve Bruce last week, the Championship club are on the lookout for a new first-team manager and were believed to have lined up Henry as a target. Villa reportedly held preliminary negotiations with Henry, who is still the assistant manager of Belgium’s national team.
Christensen open to leaving Chelsea (10th Oct)
Andreas Christensen has admitted that he could seek a move away from Chelsea if he continues to be excluded from Maurizio Sarri’s first-team plans. Christensen emerged as a key player for Antonio Conte last season as he continued to prove his worth for the club following an extended loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach.
Real Madrid still want Harry Kane (9th Oct)
Real Madrid still have Harry Kane on their radar as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, according to reports in Spain. Los Blancos failed to replace the exiting Portuguese forward last summer and have struggled slightly since his exit. Kane would likely cost £200m plus, but is the calibre of player the Spanish giants require.
Mourinho wants two Serie A players for defensive overhaul (9th Oct)
AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli is one of two defenders that Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants to sign in January. Mourinho has shortlisted Romagnoli, along with Inter’s Milan Skriniar, and he sees both players as the defensive overhaul he needs. Chelsea are also thought to be interested in Romagnoli as a possible Gary Cahill replacement.
Wenger could be heading back to management (9th Oct)
Arsenal legend Arsene Wenger features on Bayern Munich’s three-man shortlist of managerial targets as they grow increasingly concerned over Niko Kovac’s start to the season. Bayern have endured a gruelling beginning to the new Bundesliga campaign and are currently without a win in four games. Following a 3-0 home defeat to Borussia Monchengladbach at the weekend, Kovac’s future at the club has come under intense scrutiny. Zinedine Zidane and Laurent Blanc make up the club’s other options.
Jadon Sancho looks to be in high demand (9th Oct)
Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has emerged as a target for Premier League clubs such as Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur thanks to his impressive performances in Germany. The 18-year-old’s rapid development with Bundesliga giants Dortmund has been recognised on the international stage, too, with Gareth Southgate including the youngster in his England squad ahead of upcoming fixtures against Croatia and Spain.
Arsenal kit deal may benefit Unai Emery (9th Oct)
After Arsenal announced a record kit manufacturing deal with Adidas, set to begin ahead of next season, it has been revealed that some of the extra revenue may be passed onto Unai Emery to spend on his squad. The Spaniard has overseen a superb run of nine straight wins with the Gunners and is clearly finding his feet in London.
Spurs happy to play long game for Hirving Lozano (9th Oct)
Tottenham are reportedly willing to hold out until June to make an offer for PSV’s Hirving Lozano. The Premier League club have supposedly scouted the forward in recent weeks. Despite watching the player in anticipation of the January transfer window, Mauricio Pochettino’s men are willing to play the long game. Barcelona are also thought to be interested in the Mexican.
Milner handed hamstring injury timescale (9th Oct)
James Milner is set to be out for a month due to the hamstring injury that he picked up against Manchester City. Milner was substituted in the first half of the game against his former side and he was taken for a scan almost immediately. According to reports, the injury isn’t too serious but it will likely keep him out until early November, although there is a slim chance he could reappear a little earlier.
Deschamps explains Lacazette squad absence (9th Oct)
France manager Didier Deschamps has been discussing his reasoning behind the recent exclusion of Alexandre Lacazette from the national squad. The Arsenal striker is currently in a rich vein of form and appeared to be in contention for France’s upcoming fixtures, with the international break now underway. However, Deschamps opted to overlook Lacazette despite his recent impressive displays. “There is competition for each position. When the players who were at the World Cup are performing well… It is not a question of the type of player, but of position.”
Ralls red could be appealed by Cardiff (9th Oct)
Cardiff City could be set to appeal Joe Ralls’ red card in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur. Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock was unhappy with the decision, despite the cynical nature of the challenge. “I thought it was a very soft one to say the least, I didn’t think it was violent conduct, I thought it was cynical.”
Pogba will not be allowed to leave in January (8th Oct)
Paul Pogba will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford in the January transfer window, despite heavy interest from Barcelona. The midfielder is said to be keen on a switch to Catalonia, after the Spanish giants showed an interest in him last summer.
Chelsea and Liverpool could go head to head for Piatek (8th Oct)
Krzysztof Piatek, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool in recent weeks, has denied any interest in a move to Barcelona. The Genoa forward, who has impressively broken onto the scene this season, is attracting interest from some of Europe’s biggest sides. Chelsea and Liverpool are said to be among the favourites to sign the player. Meanwhile, Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund and Juventus have all been touted as potential destinations.
Arsenal close to signing Miguel Almiron from Atlanta (8th Oct)
Arsenal will sign striker Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United in January, according to reports. The Paraguayan forward has netted 12 times this season in America and is expected to complete a £15m move once the MLS season finishes in December. The 24-year-old is likely to provide further depth to the Gunners squad.
Nathaniel Clyne on Leicester City radar (8th Oct)
Leicester are targeting Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne ahead of a January move. Clyne is currently playing second fiddle to Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield, after the young defender burst onto the scene last season and cemented his place in the team. Leicester are now looking to offer Clyne the opportunity to gain regular first-team minutes in the Premier League.
Gerrard gives Brighton warning over move for James Tavernier (8th Oct)
Steven Gerrard has moved to fend off interest from Brighton in his Rangers captain James Tavernier. The Gers manager was keen to make it clear it would cost a lot of money to prise the defender away from Ibrox. “I know the CEO at Brighton [Paul Barber] very well. He’s got my number and he knows where I am. But he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.”
Guardiola makes penalty apology (8th Oct)
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly apologised to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take the late penalty in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool on Sunday. Instead, Riyad Mahrez stepped up, blazed the spot kick over and denied the Sky Blues what would have been an historic three points.
Liverpool shocked to face no Salah competition from Arsenal (8th Oct)
It’s been reported that Liverpool were ‘shocked’ that Arsenal did not pursue a deal for Mohamed Salah in 2017, after the Reds had a £34 million pound bid accepted for the Egyptian star. Since then, Salah has been a gem for Liverpool, helping Jurgen Klopp’s side reach last season’s UEFA Champions League final. However, Arsenal reportedly did not go in for the attacker, as sources had told Arsene Wenger that the player was “wasteful”, meaning the Gunners had ended their interest.
Hughes not happy with Saints after Chelsea defeat (8th Oct)
Southampton boss Mark Hughes has revealed that his Southampton side were too passive against Chelsea on Sunday, as Saints went down 3-0 to the Blues at St Mary’s Stadium. Saints struggled to get going despite changing to a three at the back formation for the first time since pre-season. “It was a typical afternoon for us. It didn’t start with the intensity we talked about. We were too passive and too open in our own half.”
Rodgers moves to distance Villa links (8th Oct)
Brendan Rodgers has distanced himself from the Aston Villa job, saying that he has a “big job to do at Celtic.” The former Liverpool boss has been touted with a possible move south to join Aston Villa, after the club sacked Steve Bruce last week. However, Rodgers revealed after his Celtic side thrashed St Johnstone 6-0 on Sunday, that he has no plans to swap Glasgow for Birmingham any time soon.
Manchester United fans pose with Zidane cutout before Newcastle clash (7th Oct)
Manchester United fans posed with a cardboard cutout of former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane before their side beat Newcastle 3-2 on Saturday. Jose Mourinho is under increasing scrutiny and many believe Zidane will replace him in the coming months.
Manchester City will have to break record to sign Ndombele (7th Oct)
Manchester City will have to break their own transfer record if they want to sign Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. Lyon are looking for a £70m fee, which eclipses what City paid for Riyad Mahrez over the summer. Ndombele has been impressive for Lyon in the Champions League this season.
Leicester eyeing move for Clyne (7th Oct)
Leicester are eyeing a January swoop for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne as they look to strengthen their defence. Clyne has found himself on the bench after the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold at Anfield and could be tempted by the promise of regular game-time.
Arsenal targeting Ramsey replacement (7th Oct)
Arsenal are targeting Porto midfielder Hector Herrera as a replacement for the outgoing Aaron Ramsey. Arsenal are keen to bring Herrera to England next summer after Ramsey’s contract expires and he leaves on a free transfer.
Rodgers interested in Villa switch (7th Oct)
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is interested in taking the Aston Villa job in the Championship. Steve Bruce was sacked last week after his side failed to beat Preston on Friday night. Rodgers has come under fire this season with Celtic fifth in the league after seven games.
Dembele set to leave Tottenham on a free (7th Oct)
Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele is set to leave on a free transfer at the end of the season once his contract expires. The Belgian is ready to see out his deal with Spurs before moving to China for one last pay day.
Neymar makes pitch to bring Pogba to PSG (Oct 5th)
Paris Saint-Germain sensation Neymar has reportedly made contact with misfiring Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The Red Devils have seemed to fall apart at the seams this season, with manager Jose Mourinho publicly falling out with Pogba, as the team fail to play an attractive brand of football. The World Cup winner may opt to leave Salford in the wake of the tense period, with the Ligue 1 champions one of the few clubs commanding the capital to seal a switch.
United rubbish claims Mourinho set to be sacked next week (Oct 6th)
It had been suggested that Manchester United’s result against Newcastle on Saturday would be Jose Mourinho’s last at the club, but United have downplayed those claims. The start to the Premier League season has been United’s worst for 29 years, and fans have become increasingly disillusioned with a negative style of football. Furthermore, public spats with Paul Pogba had led many to believe that the Salford outfit were facing a choice between their midfield maestro, or their manager.
Fabregas wants new Chelsea deal (Oct 5th)
Despite multiple links to Serie A clubs, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has revealed his desire to sign a new contract and stay with the West Londoners. The Spaniard’s current deal is set to expire during the summer, and having made just four appearances under new boss Maurizio Sarri, it seems unlikely he’ll get a new offer. However, the 31-year-old is hopeful of staying a Blue, believing he has a good deal of football left in the tank.
Brighton pair sign new contracts (Oct 5th)
Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy have signed new deals with Brighton, tying them to the south coast for the next five years. The pair have been seen as instrumental in the club’s efforts at establishing themselves as a perennial Premier League outfit, and have become a central defensive partnership envied across the league.
Palace plotting Loftus-Cheek move (Oct 5th)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek has been wanted by Crystal Palace for some time after his successful loan-spell at Selhurst Park last season, but it now seems Roy Hodgson is preparing to be more proactive in his pursuit of the midfielder. Despite being left out of the England squad, the versatile 22-year-old possess obvious talent, and Hodgson is said to be scheming a way to bring the Lewisham-native across the capital. Whether he joins again on loan or in a permanent capacity (or at all) is as yet unclear.
Arsenal set to sign MLS sensation (Oct 4th)
The Gunners are reportedly in line to sign Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almiron when the transfer window opens in January. Expected to cough up £11.5 million for the Paraguayan star, Arsenal are securing the transfer of one of the most electrifying players in the United States. Playing in front of huge crowds for Atlanta every week, Almiron will be no stranger to the big stage.
Dwight Yorke applies for Villa job (Oct 5th)
Former Aston Villa striker Dwight Yorke has applied for the vacant manager’s position at the club. Recently sacked Steve Bruce has left the club in a rather sorry state, sitting 13th in the Championship. The 46-year-old Yorke has no managerial experience, but does have an impressive 232 Villa appearances as a player.
Cahill suggest he might be in line for Chelsea stay (Oct 5th)
Despite Chelsea stalwart Gary Cahill being linked with moves to Southampton and Manchester United, the defender has implied that he may be set to remain a Blue for the time being. The 32-year-old is in the last year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, and a number of recent appearances have allegedly made the former England star reconsider his decision to seek pastures anew.
Silva tight-lipped on future transfers (Oct 5th)
Despite signing six players during the summer transfer window, there are suggestions that Everton boss Marco Silva isn’t done dabbling in the transfer market yet. The Portuguese manager has refused to comment on any potential moves he might seek to make in the winter, preferring instead to focus on the squad in front of him. Watch this space, Toffees fans…
Benitez fined £60,000 for referee comments - (Oct 5th)
Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been hit with a heavy fine after comments he made about referee Andre Marriner prior to his side’s clash with Crystal Palace. Eagles winger Wilfried Zaha had suggested he would need to sustain a serious injury before referees chose to act against players that fouled him, and Benitez responded by saying he had “confidence” in Marriner. The Football Association prohibit managers talking about specific referees prior to a game, and as such the Toon manager was landed with a hefty bill.
Pochettino United's number one target (Oct 5th)
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be Manchester United’s number one target to replace Jose Mourinho.
Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been heavily linked with the post, but it is believed that the Argentinian is on their radar.
Pochettino has been heavily linked with United in the past and Tottenham will undoubtedly be keen to keep hold of their man.
City's bus to take a new route (Oct 5th)
The Manchester City team bus will take a different route to Anfield than for the Champions League quarter-final earlier this year, following a number of issues.
A storm of cans, flares, and other objects were hurled at the coach on its approach to the Liverpool ground in April.
In addition to the alternative route, Merseyside Police have announced an increased presence will be in attendance for Sunday’s match, which sees Liverpool and Manchester City level on points at the top of the table.
Zidane wanted United trio at Real (Oct 5th)
Zinedine Zidane reportedly wanted to sign Manchester United trio David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial during his time at the club.
All three players have been linked with moves away during recent windows, and it transpires that Zidane could have been keen to sign all three.
While De Gea appears to be keen to stay at Old Trafford, both Pogba and Martial still face uncertain futures under Mourinho.
Arsenal pushing for Marotta deal (Oct 5th)
Arsenal are pushing for a deal to hire Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta.
Marotta is due to leave the Turin club and he is drawing links to the likes of Manchester United and Inter.
He has played a big role in the club’s revival but is moving on to pastures new.
Ashley makes holiday promise (Oct 5th)
Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has promised to take the first-team squad on holiday if they avoid relegation this season.
The news follows the evening meal that Ashley organised with players and staff in a bid to build bridges between those at the club.
Tensions have been running high off the pitch with Newcastle supporters becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of investment in the club.
Lozano linked with Spurs (Oct 5th)
Tottenham are the latest club to express an interest in a deal to sign Mexican winger Hirving Lozano.
Lozano was heavily linked with Barcelona throughout the summer, while Manchester United have also been credited with an interest.
The winger was a standout performer in the Eredivisie for PSV last season.
Arsenal eye Banega as Ramsey replacement (Oct 5th)
Arsenal could reignite their interest in Sevilla’s Ever Banega.
Unai Emery is reportedly keen to bring the player to London as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
Banega was linked with a move to Arsenal in the summer, but he remained with Sevilla.
Ramsey looks set to leave the club in January or for free in the summer.
Moyes linked with Villa job (Oct 5th)
Former Manchester United and West Ham boss David Moyes is reportedly in the running for the Aston Villa job.
Moyes has been out of work since leaving West Ham in the summer.
Thierry Henry and John Terry have also been linked with the job.
Mourinho worried about his position (Oct 4th)
Jose Mourinho wants to continue his job as Manchester United manager but is becoming wary that he has a lack of support from within the club.
The former Chelsea boss is said to be concerned he could now lose his job after a poor run of results.
Pressure mounted on Mourinho this week after a lacklustre 0-0 draw at home to Valencia in the Champions League.
Pogba stopped from speaking to the press (Oct 4th)
Paul Pogba has reportedly been told not to speak to the press following the current tensions at Manchester United.
Jose Mourinho and Pogba himself have been involved in a public dispute at Old Trafford.
The Frenchman was quizzed by reporters after Manchester United’s Champions League game this week and he replied, “I’ve been told I’m not allowed.”
Henry still interested in Villa job (Oct 4th)
Thierry Henry is still believed to be interested in taking the Aston Villa job after Steve Bruce was sacked.
The former Arsenal striker was heavily linked with a move to Villa over the summer, but the new owners opted to keep Bruce.
However, with Bruce losing his job this week, the Championship are back on the hunt for a new boss and could look at the Belgium assistant.
Ramsey's Arsenal exit confirmed (Oct 4th)
Aaron Ramsey’s representatives have confirmed that Arsenal have made a decision on the player’s future, as he prepares to leave the club.
They tweeted to say that Ramsey never wanted to leave the club, with his contract running down at the Emirates.
Liverpool and Chelsea are among the teams to be linked with a move.
Adrien Rabiot rejects PSG contract (Oct 4th)
Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City target Adrien Rabiot has reportedly rejected another contract offer from PSG.
The midfielder has turned down the club’s third offer and is looking increasingly likely to leave the club.
He is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave for nothing if he is not sold in January.
Southgate to pen new England deal (Oct 4th)
England are set to confirm a new deal for manager Gareth Southgate within the next 24 hours.
The FA have tied the England boss down for the long-term, ensuring that he remains in charge for the next World Cup in Qatar.
Southgate is reportedly set to earn around £3 million a year.
There had been some concerns that Southgate could step down after the 2020 Euros.
Falcao linked with Miami move (Oct 4th)
Former Manchester United and Chelsea loanee Radamel Falcao is being linked with a move to Inter Miami.
The Colombian striker could join David Beckham’s team, who are set to enter the MLS in 2020.
The latter has already been linked with some high-profile moves as he attempts to hit the ground running.
Maddison tipped for England call (Oct 4th)
Leicester City’s James Maddison is being tipped to earn a place in the England squad today.
Southgate is due to announce his squad ahead of the upcoming international break.
After joining from Norwich over the summer, Maddison has gone on to impress in the Premier League, emerging as a key player for the Foxes.
Zidane not in the running for United job (Oct 3rd)
Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is not in the running for the Manchester United job, according to his ex-France team-mate Christophe Dugarry.
Zidane had been shortlisted as the favourite to replace Mourinho, should he lose his job this season.
The Frenchman has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.
He has also been linked with a behind-the-scenes role at Juventus in recent weeks.
Granqvist linked with shock United move (Oct 3rd)
Andreas Granqvist is being linked with a shock move to Manchester United.
The Swedish defender, who impressed at the World Cup in Russia, could reportedly join the club when his domestic season finishes.
United performed a similar deal back in 2007 when they signed Henrik Larsson on loan.
Sancho set for England U21 call (Oct 3rd)
Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is set to be called up to the England U21 squad for the first time.
After an impressive start to the season in Germany, the 18-year-old is set to replace the injured Demarai Gray.
There have been calls to name the player in Gareth Southgate’s squad, but the Three Lions are keen to not rush the player’s development.
New Chelsea contract for Luiz (Oct 3rd)
Chelsea are set to hand Brazilian defender David Luiz a new contract at the club.
He has emerged as a key player under Maurizio Sarri and the Blues are keen to reward him.
Luiz, who fell out of favour under Antonio Conte last season, sees his current deal expire at the end of next season.
Chelsea target Rugani sees contract talks stall (Oct 3rd)
Former Chelsea target Daniele Rugani has seen contract talks with Juventus stall.
The Italian was very close to agreeing a move to Chelsea this summer, but Juventus refused to sell.
Rugani was expected to put pen to paper on a new deal, but talks have reportedly stalled.
Spurs join race to sign Adrien Rabiot (Oct 3rd)
Tottenham are the latest club to express an interest in Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.
The French midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave for nothing.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City have all been linked with a move to sign the player.
Zielinski linked with Arsenal move (Oct 3rd)
Piotr Zielinski, who has been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool in the past, has emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal.
Unai Emery has reportedly identified the player as a possible replacement for Aaron Ramsey.
However, Napoli are keen to give Zielinski a new deal to ward off potential suitors and it could include a big-money release clause.
Welbeck to leave on a free (Oct 3rd)
Danny Welbeck is likely to become the next Arsenal player to leave the club.
Reports claim that the England international will leave the club on a free transfer, with his current deal coming to an end.
He is likely to follow Aaron Ramsey out of the Emirates, with the Welsh midfielder also expected to leave on a free transfer or be sold in the January window.
Scholes surprised Mourinho has not been sacked (Oct 3rd)
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is surprised that Jose Mourinho still finds himself in a job.
Speaking in the build-up to Tuesday night’s draw against Valencia, Scholes revealed that he expected Mourinho to be sacked following the result against West Ham at the weekend.
United followed up their defeat against the Hammers with a goalless draw at home to Valencia on Tuesday.
City not interested in Mbappe (Oct 2nd)
Pep Guardiola has ruled out the chance of Kylian Mbappe joining Manchester City.
Reports had linked City with a big-money move for the Frenchman, but Guardiola has denied such claims.
There have been suggestions that Paris Saint-Germain may need to sell the player to balance the books.
Guardiola demanded that clubs are given more respect following the rumours that emerged about the player.
Milinkovic-Savic extends Lazio deal (Oct 2nd)
In-demand midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic has extended his Lazio contract.
The Serbian, who was valued at around £100 million, has been linked with Manchester United, Chelsea, City and Liverpool throughout the summer.
Juventus and Real Madrid are also thought to be admirers after his standout campaign last season.
Barcelona unsure on Pogba move (Oct 2nd)
Barcelona are reportedly unsure on whether or not to push for a move to sign Paul Pogba in January.
The La Liga champions are confident that they will be able to afford such a deal, should United look to sell him in the new year.
His relationship with manager Jose Mourinho has dominated headlines in recent days.
Real enter the race to sign Ramsey (Oct 2nd)
Real Madrid are the latest team to express an interest in signing Aaron Ramsey.
It is believed that Gareth Bale could play a key role in bringing the player to Madrid.
Ramsey is out of contract in the summer and looks set to leave for nothing.
Arsenal could cash in on the midfielder during the January window to avoid losing him for free.
Pochettino rules out Barca move (Oct 2nd)
Mauricio Pochettino has ruled out any future move to take over at Barcelona.
The Spurs boss has been linked with the post before, but due to his relationship with close rivals Espanyol, Pochettino cannot see himself managing at the Nou Camp.
He’s been linked with the Real Madrid and Manchester United job previously.
Drinkwater not rushing for Chelsea exit (Oct 2nd)
Danny Drinkwater is refusing to force an exit from Chelsea, despite not playing this season.
The former Leicester City man has fallen out of favour under Maurizio Sarri and is widely expected to move on in the near future.
He’s been linked with January moves away but appears keen to not rush into his next move.
Rice thinking about club future (Oct 2nd)
West Ham’s Declan Rice has turned down another international call-up from the Republic of Ireland.
Rice is also on England’s radar but he wants to focus on life at West Ham.
His immediate future at club level is up in the air after rejecting the club’s previous contract offer. He wants improved terms after his impressive start to the season.
PSG and United failed in Ronaldo move (Oct 1st)
Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Milan all reportedly failed in moves to sign Cristiano Ronaldo this summer.
Reports claim that the three clubs were interested in the Portuguese superstar, but it was Juventus who won the race to sign the player.
The former United star joined the Italian giants this summer in a blockbuster move from Real Madrid.
PL trio scout Milinkovic-Savic (Oct 1st)
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic was watched by three Premier League clubs over the weekend.
Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham are all believed to have scouts watching Lazio’s 4-1 win over Genoa.
The player is valued at around £100 million by Lazio and was heavily linked with Manchester United and Juventus during the summer.
Mourinho loses patience with Sanchez (Oct 1st)
Alexis Sanchez is the latest player to feel the wrath of Jose Mourinho.
The United boss is believed to have lost his patience with Sanchez following his poor run of form since joining from Arsenal.
Sanchez was not named in the match-day squad to face West Ham over the weekend.
Michy Batshuayi eyeing Chelsea return (Oct 1st)
Michy Batshuayi is hoping to secure a place in Chelsea’s first-team squad with a successful loan spell in Valencia.
The Belgian was sent out on loan once again this season, but the Blues now find themselves short of goals in the final third.
The player is not looking to complete a permanent move to Spain following his second loan spell away from the club.
Klopp feels sorry for Salah (Oct 1st)
Jurgen Klopp has explained how he feels sorry for Mohamed Salah, with the Liverpool striker unable to find his form this season.
The 26-year-old has looked a shadow of the player he was last season and was substituted early on Saturday night against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
“It was not Mo’s best game of his career, 100 per cent.
“But coming in a game like this, constantly in situations like he comes in, that makes a world-class player. You fail, you miss, whatever, that happens. No problem with that.”
City delaying Foden contract talks (Oct 1st)
Manchester City are believed to be delaying contract talks over a new deal for Phil Foden.
Reports suggest that both parties are relaxed about the situation and on the same page regarding a new deal.
It is believed that Foden will pen a new five-year deal worth around £25,000 a week.
Messi urged to retire from international football (Oct 1st)
Lionel Messi has been urged to retire from international football by Argentinian legend Diego Maradona.
The former Argentina star believes Messi should hang up his boots again.
Messi has previously retired from international football, only to return to the senior squad after having second thoughts.
Zidane linked with Juventus role (Oct 1st)
Zinedine Zidane is being linked with the chief executive role at Juventus.
The former Real Madrid manager is believed to be in the running to replace Jose Mourinho, should the United boss lose his job this season.
Zidane has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season.
Liverpool eyeing swoop for Aaron Ramsey
Liverpool have joined the race to sign Aaron Ramsey from Arsenal at the end of the season. Ramsey is set to leave on a free transfer, with Arsenal not prepared to meet his wage demands and offer him a new deal. Liverpool are hoping to steal a march on their rivals and secure a deal.
David Luiz reveals what would have made him leave Chelsea
Defender David Luiz has said that he would have left Chelsea in the summer if Antonio Conte had stayed at the club. The Italian boss left Stamford Bridge and was replaced by Mauirizio Sarri, who has started Luiz in every Premier League game so far.
Alisson says Coutinho convinced him to join Liverpool
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has claimed that Philippe Coutinho convinced him to sign for the club over the summer. Coutinho moved to Barcelona from Liverpool last January, with Alisson then moving to Anfield in the summer.
Sanchez considering Old Trafford exit
Alexis Sanchez is considering his future at Old Trafford after Jose Mourinho dropped him for their game with West Ham – which they lost 3-1. The Chilean international is yet to recapture his Arsenal form since his move to Manchester nine months ago.
Morata set for January exit
Alvaro Morata could be set to leave Chelsea in January, with reports claiming that Juventus are lining up a winter swoop for the Spanish forward. He has found himself behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at Chelsea, leaving him to consider his future at Stamford Bridge.
Players discussing Mourinho's exit
Manchester United’s players have been discussing the possibility of Jose Mourinho being sacked by the club after their 3-1 loss to West Ham in the Premier League. Mourinho is under fire after picking up seven points from the opening ten matches of the season.
Manchester City ready to break world record to sign Mbappe
Manchester City are reportedly ready to break the world record to sign PSG forward Kylian Mbappe next summer. Pep Guardiola is keen to bring Mbappe in and City are prepared to pay £200m to land the French international.
Eden Hazard no closer to agreeing new Chelsea deal (29th Sept)
Eden Hazard has given Chelsea fans a bit of a scare by admitting that he is no closer to signing a contract extension with the Blues. The Belgian star’s current deal expires at the end of next season, and with clubs like Real Madrid reportedly interested in him, Blues fans will be desperate to see their star player put pen-to-paper on a new deal
Coutinho told Alisson to join Liverpool (29th Sept)
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, who joined the club in the summer, says he was advised to join the Reds by one of their former players. The Brazilian says that his international teammate Philippe Coutinho, who left the Reds in January, told him to move to the club and spoke very highly of Jurgen Klopp and his entire set-up.
Mendy is in Pep's doghouse (29th Sept)
Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy is said to be in manager Pep Guardiola’s bad books due to a number of off-field issues. Guardiola has criticised the French international’s attitude and commitment after he turned up over three hours late to get treatment on his latest injury.
Steven Gerrard praises 'key man' Roberto Firmino (29th Sept)
Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says that Roberto Firmino is the key player in Jurgen Klopp’s side. Gerrard said that the Brazilian is the man who links play together for a Reds side that he thinks is the strongest that they’ve had in years.
Dele Alli out for a month (29th Sept)
Dele Alli has suffered a reoccurrence of a hamstring injury and as such, he’s reportedly set to miss a month of action. That means he’ll miss Tottenham’s games with the likes of Barcelona and Manchester City, as well as England’s UEFA Nations League clashes with Spain and Croatia.
Southgate wants to see Maddison in action (29th Sept)
England manager Gareth Southgate plans to attend today’s clash between Leicester City and Newcastle United specifically to watch one player; James Maddison. Southgate is considering calling the former Norwich City star up to represent the national team but wants to see him live before he makes a final decision.
Mourinho unhappy with Rashford (Sept 28th)
Marcus Rashford is the latest Manchester United player to feel the wrath of Jose Mourinho.
The United boss was reportedly unhappy with the player’s warm down after their Champions League meeting with Young Boys.
Mourinho was not happy with the youngster’s attitude, which follows reports several first-team players are unhappy at the club.
Allen eyes Chelsea bid (Sept 28th)
American businessman Paul Allen is believed to have held talks over a possible bid to buy Chelsea from Roman Abramovich.
Allen currently owns the Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle Seahawks, but now Chelsea are believed to be in his sights.
Reports have suggested that Abramovich could be tempted into selling if the asking price is met.
Barcelona eye Pogba move (Sept 28th)
Barcelona are said to be keeping a close eye on developments involving Paul Pogba at Manchester United.
The Frenchman is being heavily tipped to leave the club in the near future after falling out with Jose Mourinho.
Juventus have also been linked, but Barcelona are emerging as the most serious possibility for Pogba.
Fabregas warns Chelsea over Hazard contract (Sept 28th)
Cesc Fabregas believes that Chelsea may struggle to keep their hands on Eden Hazard next summer, with his contract running down.
The Spaniard believes that Hazard’s contract situation plays into the hands of potential suitors.
“Next year if he has one year left, that’s a different story. You don’t have as much power as a club. Eden is one of the best players in the world. But having two years left, especially how the market is, it’s basically impossible to sign him up. I don’t think it was that hard from the club.”
Juventus and Milan eye Ramsey (Sept 28th)
Italian duo Juventus and Milan are both interested in signing Aaron Ramsey.
The Welsh midfielder is set to leave Arsenal and the Italian pair could sign him for nothing in the summer.
Arsenal could also opt to sell the player in January to avoid losing him for nothing.
Ronaldo free to face United after one-game ban (Sept 28th)
Cristiano Ronaldo will be able to face his former side Manchester United in the Champions League.
UEFA have confirmed that the Juventus star will only receive a one-game ban for his red card against Valencia.
There had been concerns that the forward would get a three-game ban and miss the clashes against United.
VAR qualifies for the Champions League (Sept 28th)
VAR will be used in the Champions League from the 2019/20 season onwards.
Despite being introduced in some major leagues, the Video Assistant Referee is not yet in place for the Champions League.
However, the Europa League will be forced to wait until the 2020/21 season for it to be used in the competition.
Kompany to use testimonial to help homeless (Sept 28th)
Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany has confirmed that all the profits raised from his testimonial will go towards helping the homeless in Manchester.
The defender is working alongside the Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham to organise the campaign ‘Tackle4MCR’.
Homelessness has emerged as a serious problem on the streets of Manchester and Kompany is keen to do his bit to tackle the issue.
United players unhappy with Mourinho (Sept 27th)
Reports are suggesting that several Manchester United players are unhappy with Jose Mourinho’s man-management.
Footage emerged earlier this week showed the manager having a clear stand-off with Paul Pogba during training.
Mourinho recently stripped Pogba of the captaincy at Old Trafford, in what was the latest war of words between the pair.
Mourinho not in danger of the sack (Sept 27th)
The Manchester United boss is not believed to be in any danger of losing his job at Old Trafford this season.
However, a number of first-team players will consider leaving the club should he remain in charge over the summer.
Tensions are running increasingly high at the club following their Carabao Cup defeat to Derby County on Tuesday night.
Kroenke completes Arsenal takeover (Sept 27th)
Stan Kroenke has completed his takeover at Arsenal, leaving him as the sole owner of the club.
A £600 million deal was agreed with Alisher Usmanov back in August that saw him own over 90 per cent of the club.
At this stage, he was forced to buy the remaining shares from supporters.
City eye long-term deal for Foden (Sept 27th)
Manchester City are hopeful that they can tie down promising youngster Phil Foden to a long-term deal.
The youngster recently scored his first senior goal for the club against Oxford in the Carabao Cup and has drawn comparisons to a young Andres Iniesta.
Pep Guardiola opted not to send the player out on loan this season and instead keep him in and around the first-team squad.
Ramsey to leave Arsenal for free (Sept 27th)
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey will leave the club this summer on a free transfer.
The player has been in contract talks, but they have reportedly broken down, with no contract offer believed to be on the table.
Juventus and Milan have been linked with a move for the Welshman recently.
Liverpool's 'secret drink' (Sept 27th)
Jurgen Klopp and his backroom staff have been giving Liverpool players a special mineral drink in a bid to help them recover quickly after intense matches and training sessions.
Former World champion swimmer Mark Warnecke has apparently been working very closely with Mona Nemmer, Liverpool head nutritionist in a bid to look for an edge for the Reds’ players.
Southgate in contract talks (Sept 27th)
England manager Gareth Southgate is reportedly in discussions over extending his contract with the Three Lions.
The FA are keen to tie him down to ensure he remains in charge for the next World Cup.
There had been some concerns that he may step down after the 2020 Euros.
Ronaldo to return to Real says Perez (Sept 26th)
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez thinks Cristiano Ronaldo will return to the club at one point in the future.
The Portuguese superstar made a blockbuster move to Juventus this summer.
However, at the age of 33, it is unclear whether or not Ronaldo considers the Old Lady to be his last club.
With a move to the MLS also rumoured, Perez may have to settle for an off-the-field role to bring Ronaldo back to the Bernabeu.
Abramovich wants £3bn to sell Chelsea (Sept 26th)
Roman Abramovich would require a bid in the region of £3 billion to sell Chelsea.
There have been suggestions that the Russian could move on soo, having taken over at Stamford Bridge way back in 2003 for just £140 million.
Previous reports have suggested Abramovich could move on once the developments at Stamford Bridge are finished.
Mourinho strips Pogba of captaincy (Sept 26th)
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has stripped Paul Pogba of the captaincy at Old Trafford.
The French midfielder has been a second captain at Old Trafford this season, but reports are claiming his relationship with Mourinho is at breaking point.
Pogba was left out of their Carabao Cup defeat to Derby on Tuesday night.
United will have to pay £54m for Lozano (Sept 26th)
PSV are demanding a fee in the region of £54 million to sign winger Hirving Lozano.
Manchester United, Everton and Barcelona have all been linked with the player in the past.
The Mexican was one of the star performers at the World Cup and impressed in the Eredivisie last season.
Cahill linked with Turkey move (Sept 26th)
Turkish side Galatasaray are eyeing a swoop for Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill in the next transfer window.
The club are keen on bringing Cahill to the club and are set to make a move for the experienced defender.
Cahill is believed to be their number one target as they look to improve their defence going into the second half of the season.
Wenger still mulling over next move (Sept 26th)
Arsene Wenger is still mulling over a decision on whether or not to return to management.
When the Frenchman left Arsenal, he all-but-confirmed the Gunners would not be his last club, but he is yet to make a move.
He’s been linked with a number of national teams but remains out of work.
Ashworth set for Brighton move (Sept 26th)
The Football Association’s technical director Dan Ashworth is believed to be in talks over a possible move to Brighton.
Ashworth is very highly thought of in the game and has been linked with a move to Chelsea in the past.
Losing him would come as a huge blow to the FA.
Emery blocks German Ozil visit (Sept 26th)
Germany manager Joachim Low had been hoping to visit Mesut Ozil in London recently, but Arsenal manager Unai Emery reportedly blocked the visit.
Officials from the German national team were said to have travelled to London, but Emery ensured that they were not allowed access to Arsenal’s training ground.
Ozil recently retired from international football and there are suggestions they could try and tempt him to play again.
City's €50m Ndombele bid rejected (Sept 25th)
Manchester City have had a €50m bid for Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombele rejected by the French club.
Reports in France claim that City are keen to sign the player, who has previously drawn links to Chelsea and Tottenham.
The midfielder impressed against Manchester City last week in the Champions League.
PSG want United target Alex Sandro (Sept 25th)
Reports have suggested that Paris Saint-Germain are keen to add Juventus defender and Manchester United target Alex Sandro to their ranks.
United were very keen to sign the player this summer, but he opted to remain at Juventus.
The Ligue 1 champions are long-term admirers and could reignite their interest during the next two transfer windows.
Barcelona considering Herrera deal (Sept 25th)
Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is being linked with a surprise move to Barcelona.
The Spaniard’s long-term future at Old Trafford has been up in the air for some time and the La Liga winners are believed to be keeping tabs on his situation.
Reports claim he’d like to stay at the club, but he’s yet to agree on new terms to extend his contract which expires this summer.
Premier League giants eye scout Vlachodimos (Sept 25th)
A host of top Premier League clubs are believed to be scouting Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos.
Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle all had scouts watching the player recently as he continues to impress in Portugal.
Vlachodimos is very much considered as one for the future, but he’s a name to keep a watchful eye on.
West Ham could lose Rice (Sept 25th)
West Ham could be about to lose one of their most promising youngsters in Declan Rice.
It is believed that the player has turned down the club’s latest contract offer.
Rice has been impressive this season, cementing a first-team place and top Premier League clubs are rumoured to be taking notice.
United and Real eye De Jong deal (Sept 25th)
Manchester United and Real Madrid are believed to be interested in a deal to sign £72m-rated midfielder Frenkie De Jong.
The Ajax midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs in the past, while he also came close to joining Barcelona during the most recent summer transfer window.
The player is expected to move on sooner rather than later as interest continues to mount.
Arsenal linked with Ismaila Sarr (Sept 25th)
Arsenal and Inter are reportedly set to go head-to-head for Rennes winger Ismaila Sarr.
The Senegal international impressed during the World Cup in Russia over the summer and was a standout performer in Ligue 1 last season.
Rennes would reportedly demand somewhere in the region of £20 million.
Pogba wants more attacking football (Sept 24th)
Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba wants the Red Devils to play more expansive football.
Jose Mourinho’s men have often been criticised for their inability to attack teams and play more free-flowing football, despite many believing it could bring the best out of Pogba.
“We are at Old Trafford and we should just attack and press like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season. When we play like that it’s easier for us,” Pogba said.
Gotze urged to join Liverpool (Sept 24th)
Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze has been urged to join Liverpool, for the sake of his career.
Former Borussia Dortmund defender Kevin Grosskreutz believes the German international could flourish working under Jurgen Klopp once again.
Due to his relationship with the Liverpool boss, Gotze has often been linked with a move to Anfield.
Beckham holds talks with Zidane (Sept 24th)
David Beckham has reportedly held talks with Zinedine Zidane over a possible move to the MLS.
Reports claim Beckham could look to Zidane, who is out of work after leaving Real Madrid, to take over at his new MLS outfit Inter Miami.
Beckham has earmarked some marquee signings and wants to make a splash in the MLS.
Wolves demanding £110m for Neves (Sept 24th)
Wolves are demanding a fee in the region of £110 million for Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves.
A report claims that a host of Champions League clubs, including Manchester City are interested in the youngster, but have been told to splash the cash.
Neves joined Wolves last summer in an eye-catching £14 million move from Porto.
Monaco interested in Zaha move (Sept 24th)
French giants Monaco are scouting Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha ahead of a potential January move.
A Monaco official was on hand to watch Zaha score the only goal of the game as Palace beat Huddersfield 1-0 earlier this month.
Zaha has been linked to a host of big sides, including the likes of Tottenham and Chelsea in the Premier League.
Smalling to pen new United deal (Sept 24th)
Chris Smalling is reportedly set to put pen to paper on a new deal at Manchester United.
The defender is approaching the final months of his current deal at Old Trafford and the club are keen to avoid losing the player for nothing at the end of the season.
Matic's brilliant gesture (Sept 24th)
Nemanja Matic has been named as the mystery donor who gave €70,000 that would allow a four-year-old child to have treatment for a rare form of cancer in Serbia.
Dusan Todorovic suffers from neuroblastoma and the treatment could be life-saving for the young child.
Pickford claims De Gea is the best in the world (Sept 23rd)
Everton and England No. 1 Jordan Pickford has claimed that David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment. The Spanish international produced a fine display for Manchester United at the weekend, prompting Pickford’s comments.
Kovacic admits to watching Scholes to improve his game (Sept 23rd)
Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic has revealed that he spends time watching videos of Paul Scholes on YouTube in order to improve his game. The Manchester United legend was known for his range of passing, similar to Kovacic.
Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Van Dijk (Sept 23rd)
Arsenal rejected the chance to sign Virgil Van Dijk whilst he was at Celtic in Scotland. Reports claim Arsenal felt he was too “nonchalant” to play in the Premier League. He moved to Southampton from Celtic, before becoming the most expensive defender in history when he joined Liverpool.
Walker wants to switch positions for England (Sept 23rd)
Kyle Walker has told the Daily Mail that he wants to play as a right-back for England – not as a central defender. Gareth Southgate has been deploying Walker as a centre-back since the start of the World Cup, but the Manchester City defender wants to play in his natural position.
Manchester City lining up Rabiot move (Sept 23rd)
Manchester City are preparing a move for PSG midfielder Adrien Rabiot. The Frenchman’s contract at PSG expires next summer and Manchester City are looking to capitalise on his availability. He spent time on trial at City when he was a teenager.
Ibrahimovic has been asked to return to Sweden (Sept 23rd)
LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been offered the opportunity to re-sign for Swedish side Malmo. Ibrahimovic began his career with Malmo and has gone on to score 500 goals for club and country. It is not said whether he will consider the move.
Juventus eyeing swoop for Leroy Sane (Sept 23rd)
Italian giants Juventus are eyeing a swoop for Manchester City winger Leroy Sane. Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is a big fan of the German and wants to bring him over to Italy.
Barcelona scouts watch Paul Pogba (Sept 22nd)
Barcelona scouts were reportedly in Switzerland last week to watch Manchester United’s Paul Pogba in action.
The French star has been linked with a move away from United, with the relationship between him and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho reportedly souring.
The Catalan giants were reportedly in attendance to watch Pogba against Young Boys, where the Frenchman got on the scoresheet from the penalty spot.
Pedro plays down shoulder injury on Instagram (Sept 22nd)
Chelsea winger Pedro has taken to social media to play down any fears over a potential injury sustained in the Europa League.
Posting on his official Instagram page, the Spaniard confirmed he is doing well after what looked like a nasty shoulder injury in the final moments of Chelsea’s 1-0 win over PAOK.
The winger was bearing down on goal before taking a heavy touch and colliding with the opposition goalkeeper.
Walcott "fell out of love with football" before leaving Arsenal (Sept 22nd)
Theo Walcott has been reflecting on his final months at Arsenal, saying that he “fell out of love with football” during his final moments with the Gunners.
The winger admitted that he was “hurt” by how his long tenure in North London ended but was quick to look forward to the future with Everton.
Walcott also believes that Everton are on the cusp of something great under new boss Marco Silva.
Benitez wants FA to look into Zaha comments (Sept 22nd)
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez has called on the Football Association to look into Wilfried Zaha’s comments ahead of this weekend’s game.
Following last weekend’s Palace win over Huddersfield, Zaha challenged referees that don’t offer him enough protection.
Some people have perceived Zaha’s comments as an attempt to pressure referees, which is something managers are banned from doing.
And although Benitez believes referee Andre Marriner will not be swayed by Zaha’s comments, he does feel that the FA should be looking into the act.
Cahill admits he could leave Chelsea (Sept 22nd)
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has admitted that he may have to leave the club in the January transfer window because he is not getting enough playing time under manager Maurizio Sarri.
The defender has fallen heavily out of favour at Stamford Bridge and wants to be playing regular football as soon as possible.
The Englishman was linked with a loan move away from the London club, with Championship side Aston Villa interested in securing his services.
Leno 'frustrated' at being number two at Arsenal (Sept 22nd)
Arsenal’s German goalkeeper Bernd Leno has spoken about his frustration at being the number two keeper at the Gunners.
The keeper was signed a free transfer from Bayer Leverkusen over the Summer but has so far been restricted to sitting on the bench behind veteran Petr Cech.
However, the German insisted he is keeping calm and waiting for his chance, despite claiming he is good enough to start for Unai Emery’s side.
Benitez 'unsure' as to how much January money he will get (Sept 22nd)
Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez is unsure how much spending money he will actually get in the January transfer window.
The Spaniard has spoken publically before about the lack of funds given to him to spend on players by owner Mike Ashley, and is again unsure as to how much cash he will have in January.
Newcastle remain in the bottom half of the table, and are yet to win so far this season.
Man United lead charge for transfer deadline day change (Sept 22nd)
Manchester United are leading the charge to return the end of the Summer transfer window to the end of August.
United and several other top Premier League sides are worried that the change of date hands advantages to their European rivals.
One particular example would’ve been if Eden Hazard had moved to Real Madrid, Chelsea would have been unable to replace the Belgian midfielder, as the window had already closed.
The issue will be discussed again at the next Premier League summit in November.
Morata's agent to consider West Ham move (Sept 21st)
The representatives of Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata are considering the player’s options in the approach to the January transfer window.
Morata is keen to break through and nail down a place in Luis Enrique’s Spain squad, but he knows he must be playing regularly to do so.
After falling down the pecking order at Chelsea, Morata is said to have offers in Italy and Germany, while West Ham are also said to be interested.
A move to Chelsea’s London rivals, who they meet on Sunday, is not being ruled out at this stage, according to reports.
Pedro suffers nasty shoulder injury (Sept 21st)
Chelsea have been dealt a blow with the news that Pedro suffered a nasty shoulder injury in their Europa League opener.
After taking a heavy touch, Pedro clashed with the Greek side’s goalkeeper in the final seconds and was forced off.
Maurizio Sarri confirmed that injury did not appear to be a dislocated shoulder as was suggested, but the Spaniard looked in some discomfort.
Juventus end interest in Liverpool target (Sept 21st)
Juventus have ended their interest in Liverpool target Nicolo Barella.
The Italian midfielder, who plays his football for Cagliari, is impressing in Serie A.
A host of clubs, including Liverpool, Spurs, Milan and Inter are believed to be keen on the youngster.
United and Arsenal scout German prospect (Sept 21st)
German youth international Arne Maier has emerged as a transfer target for both Arsenal and Manchester United.
Both clubs have had scouts keeping a close eye on the Hertha BSC midfielder recently.
Maier is a defensive midfielder and is earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga after breaking into Hertha’s side last season.
No new deal for Milner yet (Sept 21st)
Liverpool are yet to offer a new deal to midfielder James Milner, it has been revealed.
The player is out of contract at the end of the season and could leave the club for nothing.
Milner has been one of the star performers for Liverpool in their early-season run, keeping the likes of Fabinho out of Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Liverpool begin work on new training ground (Sept 21st)
Liverpool announced that work has begun on the building of the club’s new training complex.
The work will redevelop the academy site and make the first-team and youth sides have one combined training facility for the first ever time at Liverpool.
Speaking about the plans, manager Jurgen Klopp expressed his delight, “We are in a situation where we are currently OK. Melwood is a wonderful place, we love it. Kirkby is a wonderful place, we love it. But bringing them together is a step into the future, which we all need.”
Pochettino fears the sack (Sept 21st)
Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino says he could be sacked by the club after their poor run of form.
Tottenham are now facing four defeats in a row should they lose on the road against Brighton this weekend.
Pochettino explains that his players had been “traumatised” by their recent run of form in all competitions.
Spurs lost in the Champions League to Inter thanks to a late goal from Matias Vecino.
Hazard wanted to miss PAOK game (Sept 20th)
Chelsea forward Eden Hazard reportedly requested to sit out of the club’s Europa League opener.
The Belgian did not travel with the rest of the squad to Greece and will watch the game from home.
Hazard wants to avoid fatigue after a busy start to the season. The player was originally eased back into action following the World Cup this summer.
Spurs stars demand days off (Sept 20th)
Tottenham players are reportedly looking to increase the number of days they have off.
According to reports, players believe that their current form is partly down to mental and physical fatigue.
A number of Mauricio Pochettino’s players took shorter holidays this summer in order to be back in time for the club’s opening Premier League game of the season.
Spurs confident over stadium plans (Sept 20th)
Tottenham are confident that they will be playing their home football at their new-look White Hart Lane before the end of the year.
There had been suggestions that the delays could carry over into 2019, but Spurs have assured fans that is not the case.
Original plans meant the club had hoped to be in much earlier, but the stadium’s build has been delayed.
Lovren could face jail time (Sept 20th)
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren could face as many as five years in jail.
Lovren was charged with perjury in Croatia but has denied the allegations, claiming he has not committed any criminal offence.
The defender was involved in a case regarding transfer fees to Dinamo Zagreb that brought down a high-profile football administrator.
Coady could get England cap (Sept 20th)
Wolves captain Conor Coady is the latest name to emerge as a potential England international.
Gareth Southgate is said to be keeping an eye on the defender, who has impressed so far in the Premier League.
Southgate has never been shy to evaluate all of his options in a bid to increase the pool of talent available to him.
Extra training for Rashford (Sept 20th)
Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku is putting on extra training sessions to help fellow forward Marcus Rashford.
Lukaku is said to be working closely with the young striker in a bid to bring the best out of him at Old Trafford.
Rashford has been unable to dislodge Lukaku as United’s starting striker and there have been concerns over the amount of game time he is getting as a result.
United scout Nicolas Pepe (Sept 20th)
Manchester United have ordered their scouts to run the rule over Nicolas Pepe.
According to reports in France, both Arsenal and United are interested in the player who impressed for Lille last season.
Southampton had a bid rejected for the player during the summer transfer window.
Premier League trio eye Paqueta (Sept 20th)
Flamengo youngster Lucas Paqueta looks like he could be the next Brazilian to try and tackle European football.
Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City are all being linked with a move to sign the midfielder.
Potential suitors are going to have to spend big, the player has a €50 million release clause in his contract.
Liverpool held Mbappe talks (Sept 19th)
Jurgen Klopp held talks with Kylian Mbappe over a potential move to Anfield when it became clear he was leaving AS Monaco.
The Reds were in the running to sign the player, but could not compete with Paris Saint-Germain financially, it has been revealed.
Mbappe would go on to join Liverpool’s Champions League group stage opponents in a deal worth around £155 million.
The French forward scored during Liverpool’s 3-2 victory over the Ligue 1 side on Tuesday night.
De Gea happy at Manchester United (Sept 19ht)
David De Gea has once again reiterated his happiness at the club.
The Spaniard is continuously linked with a move back to La Liga, but the shot-stopper has hinted that he has no plans to move anytime soon.
When quizzed on his future, De Gea replied, “I am really happy to play for this club, one of the best clubs in the world.”
Real Madrid were heavily linked with a move to sign De Gea before they opted for Thibaut Courtois.
Berbatov backs City to make the CL final (Sept 19th)
Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov is backing Manchester City to make the Champions League final this season.
Berbatov admits that any of City, Real Madrid and Juventus could make the final at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano.
He believes that Pep Guardiola’s men will learn from last season’s mistakes in Europe and go all the way to the final.
Many have suggested that City are the favourites for the competition after their Premier League success.
Southgate keeping an eye on the Championship (Sept 19th)
Gareth Southgate took the bold decision to not watch Liverpool’s eye-catching Champions League meeting with PSG in order to catch a Championship game.
The England boss watched Derby County’s home game against Blackburn Rovers, with a particular focus on Chelsea’s Mason Mount.
Steve Holland was also keeping tabs on Jack Grealish at Aston Villa.
Many were surprised Southgate decided against watching the likes of Joe Gomez, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold come up against some of the best in Europe.
Tony Blair to join the Premier League? (Sept 19th)
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair could become the next chairman of the Premier League, according to reports.
It is believed that he is a name that has popped up in discussions among officials of Premier League clubs during recent meetings.
A nominations panel led by Chelsea’s Bruce Buck are set to decide on the next chairman and Blair, who is said to be a Newcastle fan, is in the running.
Marko Arnautovic fit to face Chelsea (Sept 19th)
West Ham are confident that they will have Marko Arnautovic fit enough to face Chelsea on Sunday.
The Austrian international was forced off with a knee injury against Everton last weekend, but it is not believed to be serious.
There had been concerns he would miss Sunday’s game at the London Stadium, but that no longer appears the case.
Arnautovic has quickly emerged as West Ham’s talisman once again this season and his performance will be key if the Hammers want to get a result on Sunday.
Arsenal eye Pavon deal (Sept 19th)
Arsenal remain keen on a deal to sign Cristian Pavon from Boca Juniors.
The Gunners are hopeful that a backroom shake-up could help them seal a deal for the Argentinian international.
Raul Sanllehi, the club’s new head of football, has already prepared to talks over a deal to sign the player, according to reports.
The movement behind the scenes at Arsenal has been prompted by Ivan Gazidis’ decision to leave the club and move to Milan.
Maguire hits back at reporters (Sept 19th)
Leicester City defender Harry Maguire has denied reports that claimed players were unhappy at the King Power Stadium.
It was reported that the Leicester players were not pleased with the decision taken by the club to drive to Bournemouth, rather than fly.
However, the England international refuted these claims and was keen to set the record straight.
Chelsea and Madrid eye Dybala move (Sept 18th)
Reports in Italy have linked both Chelsea and Real Madrid with a move for Juventus’ Paulo Dybala.
The Argentinian star could leave the Italian champions after the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, and there is talk that he could make the reverse move that Ronaldo did in the summer.
Chelsea have not been too keen to splash the cash in recent windows, having done just that in years past, but the chance to sign such a star player could tempt the powers-that-be into getting the chequebook out.
Sterling's contract talks break down (Sept 18th)
Manchester City star Raheem Sterling has seen talks over a new deal at the club break down.
The England international has been locked in talks over a new deal for some time, with suggestions he wants to match some of the top earners at the Etihad.
Sterling’s current deal at City expires at the end of next season. The winger earns around £170,00 a week at City but wants to see to that rise to at least £220,000 in order to put pen to paper.
Infantino worried about La Liga's American move (Sept 18th)
Fifa president Gianni Infantino has expressed his concerns over plans to stage La Liga games in America.
Barcelona are set to play Girona in the United States next year.
The game has been scheduled for late January at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami but has caused much controversy from local supporters.
Wilshere out for six weeks (Sept 18th)
West Ham United have suffered an injury blow with the news that Jack Wilshere is set to miss six weeks after having surgery on his injured ankle.
The midfielder picked up the injury in training and as such, he missed West Ham’s 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park.
It had been suggested the injury was not too serious but he is now set for a spell on the sidelines at the London Stadium.
John Terry still unsure on next move (Sept 18th)
Former Chelsea and Aston Villa defender John Terry says he is still unsure about his next move.
The defender turned down the chance to move to Russia in a big-money move and has attracted interest from his former side Villa.
Maurizio Sarri has also openly admitted that he would be willing to work him the Chelsea legend in a coaching capacity, amid suggestions he could finally hang up his boots.
Frank Lampard and Derby County were also linked with the Rams boss has admitted he would not stretch the club’s wage bill to get a deal done.
Arsenal's Gazidis set for Milan move (Sept 18th)
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis finally looks set to secure a move away from the club and accept a big-money offer from Milan.
He is set to bank around £3.6 million a year from the move, with Milan keen to get a deal over the line.
Gazidis has been in talks over a move to Italy for some time and any potential deal has been drawn out by Arsenal’s attempts to keep him at the club.
Mourinho 'doesn't trust' Rashford (Sept 18th)
Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes the reason that Marcus Rashford is not a regular at Old Trafford is that the manager does not trust him enough.
Concerns have been raised about the amount of playing time Rashford is getting at Manchester United after an impressive international break with the England squad.
He has been in and out of the team under Mourinho and usually forced out wide when he does get his chances.
Ferdinand believes that Mourinho does not have the faith in the striker to give him a starting role ahead of Romelu Lukaku.
Palace contact the Premier League to protect Zaha (Sept 18th)
Crystal Palace appear have had enough with Wilfried Zaha’s treatment after contacting the Premier League to raise their concerns.
The winger himself launched an explosive attack on his fellow professionals for the treatment he gets during games.
Zaha has often become a target for opposition teams, who have been known to take turns in fouling him to avoid punishment from officials throughout matches.
Jose Mourinho wants Ozil at Manchester United (Sept 17th)
Manchester United are eyeing a January move for German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil. Jose Mourinho is already thinking about ways to strengthen his side for the second half of the season and is considering Ozil to improve his midfield. Ozil signed a new contract with Arsenal earlier this year but faces an uncertain future at the club with plenty of speculation over his head. Any deal would be a pricey one and naturally Arsenal will be keen not to lose one of their key players.
Spurs and Arsenal want out-of-favour Man United defender (Sept 17th)
Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering swoops for out-of-favour Manchester United star Eric Bailly. The Ivory Coast international has struggled to force his way into United boss Jose Mourinho’s plans at this early stage of the new season, prompting speculation that he could be on his way out of Old Trafford. The 24-year-old has been out of contention under Mourinho since a haphazard display against Brighton in the second fixture of United’s season.
Chelsea eyeing move for Mitrovic (Sept 17th)
Chelsea are thought to be eyeing up a move for Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic. The striker has scored four Premier League goals so far this season and has impressed with his performances at Craven Cottage. Mitrovic joined Fulham in the summer from Newcastle for a fee believed to be in the region of £22m.
Reds considering stepping up Barella interest (Sept 17th)
Liverpool are reportedly ready to firm up their long-standing interest in Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella. The Reds have been perennially linked with a move for the promising Italian midfielder, who has established himself as an integral part of the Cagliari team in the past year. The 21-year-old is held in high esteem by Cagliari and it’s claimed in the report that Barella is currently valued at a sizable fee of £35 million.
De Bruyne hoping to return for Manchester derby (Sept 17th)
Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne is hoping to return to action in time for the Manchester derby on November 11th. The Belgian suffered the injury in training and was set to miss two-three months of action. He’s been under the care of doctor Ramon Cugat, who is renowned for his help to speed up recovery from injuries. Reports suggest the brace around his knee has now been removed and he’s on target for a return in seven weeks’ time.
Pellegrini denies wrongdoing from Lucas Perez (Sept 17th)
Manuel Pellegrini has moved to deny rumours that forward Lucas Perez refused to warm up during West Ham’s game with Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday. Broadcasters had reported that Perez was asked to go and prepare to come on for the Hammers but would not do so, but that’s incorrect according to the West Ham manager. “I called Lucas [Perez] to get ready to play, but [Michail] Antonio was already ready so played as I needed to make the change. I don’t have any problem with the player.”
Mbappe relishing Anfield opportunity (Sept 17th)
Kylian Mbappe says he is excited about the prospect of playing at Anfield when Liverpool and PSG meet for the first Champions League match day on Tuesday. He said: “Of course Liverpool is one of our main rivals, but I have good feelings about it. I think we’re ready to do something big and positive.”
Luiz set for Chelsea contract talks (Sept 17th)
Chelsea are keen to tie David Luiz down to a new contract at the club, according to reports. The Brazilian international looked all but set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window but following the arrival of Maurizio Sarri, it seems he still has a future at the club. The former PSG man sees his current deal at Chelsea come to its expiration at the end of the ongoing season, meaning that he’ll be able to move on for free in the summer, should he not be able to agree a deal with the Blues.
Hughes says Ings a 'level better' than he thought (Sept 17th)
Southampton manager Mark Hughes has admitted that the technical quality of Danny Ings is a ‘level better’ than he first anticipated. Speaking to the media ahead of Saints’ home clash with Brighton and Hove Albion on Monday night, the manager heaped praise on his striker, who has already scored twice this season. “I knew he was a very good player but his technical ability is probably a level better than I thought. He has come in and impressed me in terms of the way he is able to receive the ball, manipulate the ball to create space and his understanding of dropping the shoulder to gain an extra yard or two.”
Beckham wants Messi to make MLS move (Sept 16th)
David Beckham is reportedly eyeing Lionel Messi to join his new side Inter Miami CF as they gear up for their debut MLS campaign in 2020. Beckham wants the Barcelona star, who is currently 31, to headline his team going into their first season.
Pogba open to extending contract at Old Trafford (Sept 16th)
Paul Pogba is open to extending his contract with Manchester United, if Jose Mourinho is sacked and Zinedine Zidane replaces him. Pogba is keen to work with his fellow countryman and will consider a move back to Juventus if Mourinho stays at Old Trafford.
Sarri claims Hazard can be Europe's best player (Sept 16th)
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed that winger Eden Hazard can be the best player in Europe in the next two seasons. This came in the wake of his hat-trick against Cardiff in the Premier League on Saturday. The Belgian also impressed for his country at the World Cup over the summer.
Inter plotting Martial swoop (Sept 16th)
Inter Milan are planning on a January move for Manchester United winger Anthony Martial. The Italian side are looking to sign Martial on loan, although reports claim that Ivan Perisic would be demanded by United as part of any deal with Martial.
Juventus to offer Dybala in exchange for Pogba (Sept 16th)
Juventus are set to offer Manchester United Paulo Dybala in exchange for Paul Pogba next simmer as they look to re-sign the French midfielder. The Italian giants want to bring Pogba back to Turin and are willing to let Dybala move to England as part of the deal.
Manchester United priming £98m swoop (Sept 15th)
Manchester United are interested in making a move for Inter Milan forward Mauro Icardi, with the triggering of the £98 million release clause in his contract. Jose Mourinho’s side can already boast one of the premier strikers in the league in Romelu Lukaku, but could further add to their roster if they move for Icardi. Goals have proved hard to come by at times for the Red Devils lately, and the powers-that-be at Old Trafford seem willing to throw money at the issue.
Pep claims he wouldn't sell De Bruyne for £250 million (Sept 15th)
Pep Guardiola is a fan of Kevin De Bruyne, to put it mildly. The Spaniard recently claimed he wouldn’t sell his midfield maestro for £250 million. De Bruyne does not have a release clause in his contract at Manchester City, a deal which makes him the highest paid player at the club.
Hodgson pining for Loftus-Cheek (Sept 15th)
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson still wants to bring Ruben Loftus-Cheek back to Selhurst Park. The 22-year-old was on loan in South London last season, and turned in a series of performances good enough to land him a spot in the England World Cup squad. Despite being retained by Chelsea this year, don’t be surprised if Palace take another run at the Lewisham-native in January.
Spurs turned down chance to sign Asensio in 2014 (Sept 15th)
Spurs had the opportunity to sign Real Madrid star Marco Asensio in 2014, but turned the Spaniards down. The versatile midfielder was recommended to manager Mauricio Pochettino by a scout, but the boss declined the tip. Asensio now has a £442 million release in his contract at the Bernabeu.
Sarri not opposed to Terry return (Sept 15th)
New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has revealed he is open to former club captain John Terry returning to Stamford Bridge as a coach. The 37-year-old is supposedly keen to play another season, despite having recently turned down a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. The ex-England skipper played for Aston Villa last season, taking them to the playoff final before opting not to renew his deal in the Midlands.
Wilshere set for ankle tests (Sept 15th)
The West Ham midfielder will be unavailable for selection as his side travel to Everton on Sunday, and will have tests on his ankle to assess the damage to ligaments next week. The ailment made its first appearance in a recent training session, and Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping the England international isn’t set for a prolonged spell on the sideline.
Warnock interested in bringing Ampadu to Cardiff (Sept 15th)
The highly impressive Chelsea product Ethan Ampadu has been garnering numerous headlines in recent weeks, largely thanks to his performances with Wales. Catching the eye of Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock, the 18-year-old could get a loan chance in the Premier League as early as January. However, Cardiff will surely not be alone in their quest to add the supremely talented Ampadu…
West Brom sign Hoolahan (Sept 15th)
West Brom have signed veteran attacking midfielder Wes Hoolahan. The former Norwich icon had been out of contract at Carrow Road upon the completion of the 2017/18 season, and had spent some time away from football over the summer. However, Hoolahan and another ex-Norwich teammate Russell Martin made the trip across the country to trial for Darren Moore at West Brom. The Baggies have not yet signed Martin.
Digne praises Silva's "project" (Sept 15th)
Lucas Digne has revealed why he left Barcelona for Everton, citing the vision of new Toffees boss Marco Silva. The left-back was one of three former Barcelona players to arrive at Goodison Park this summer, and said he made the switch for the “project and the coach”. Everton have enjoyed a mixed start to the season, but did avoid defeat in their first four games.
N'Golo Kante reveals PSG contact (Sept 15th)
Chelsea’s star midfielder N’Golo Kante has insisted he is happy at Stamford Bridge, whilst admitting French champions Paris Saint-Germain made contact with him this summer. The World Cup winner is in line to receive a new contract from the Blues, in a deal that could see him tied to Chelsea through 2023. A critical component of both France and Chelsea’s sides, there can be few footballers coveted like N’Golo Kante.
Liverpool could make Dybala January move (Sept 14th)
Juventus star Paulo Dybala looks set to leave Juventus in January and Liverpool are closely monitoring the situation according to reports. Dybala has seemingly been cast aside in Turin following Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival and reports suggest that he’ll be on the move in January. Arsenal, Chelsea, Real Madrid and Barcelona are all also thought to retain interest in the Argentinian.
Real Madrid could open chequebook for Mbappe or Neymar (Sept 14th)
Real Madrid have £330m to spend next summer, according to reports in Spain. President Florentino Perez is plotting a huge move for either Neymar or Mbappe with the cash. It was thought Los Blancos would go big over the summer after losing Ronaldo to Juventus, however they decided to keep their cards close to their chest and have patience. It was unlikely that either of the two PSG players would have joined this soon, but things could be very different next year.
Sterling asks for £100k pay increase (Sept 14th)
Raheem Sterling has asked for an extra £100,000 pay per week to sign a new contract at Manchester City. If the England forward gets it, he will be one of the highest paid players at the club. It’s well documented that the Blues are concerned about contract negotiations, with Sterling’s current deal running down. Whether they will sign off this large addition to his current wage, though, remains to be seen. If they don’t, there’s bound to be plenty of interest in the 23-year-old.
Sir Alex spotted Amapdu at just 12 - and wanted to sign him! (Sept 14th)
Manchester United had the chance to beat Chelsea to the signature of youngster Ethan Ampadu before the Blues were even aware of him, it has been revealed. Reports suggest that Sir Alex Ferguson had personally asked the club to sign him after being impressed with his performances during a junior tournament at the club back in 2013. Ampadu, who was as young as 12 at the time, was said to have been described as a ‘proper player’ by the famous United manager.
Liverpool set to sign new goalkeeping coach (Sept 14th)
Liverpool are poised to make an appointment in their backroom department, with goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson reportedly joining the Reds. The arrival of Robinson – who is currently the national goalkeeper coach at the Football Association – would see current ‘keeper coach John Achterberg focus on senior shot-stoppers Simon Mignolet and Alisson Becker, with Robinson devoting time to prospects such as Kamil Grabara and Caoimhin Kelleher.
Everton face possible points deductions (Sept 14th)
Everton are facing a possible points deductions for tapping up Marco Silva whilst he was boss of Watford. The Toffees tried to pry the Portuguese man away from Watford, failed and then employed Sam Allardyce instead. Silva then subsequently lost his job with the Hornets shortly after. If the contact is found to have destabilised Watford last season, then a fine at very least will be issued, with the further possibility of points being taken.
Fredericks reveals what was said after fourth consecutive Hammers defeat (Sept 14th)
Ryan Fredericks has revealed what was said in the West Ham dressing room after the team slumped to a fourth consecutive defeat at the start of the Premier League season. The 4-0 thrashing on the opening weekend at the hands of Liverpool was followed up with a 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth, before a frustrating 3-1 loss to Arsenal, a game in which the Hammers had led. Then followed the 1-0 loss to Wolves. Fredericks said: “There is no thought of letting things go. Some hard truths were spoken after the Wolves game and everyone wants to do the best for the club and the best for themselves.”
Spurs duo set to miss Saturday's clash with Liverpool (Sept 14th)
Spurs will be without captain Hugo Lloris and midfielder Dele Alli for Saturday’s lunchtime clash with Liverpool. Lloris was absent from Spurs’ last Premier League outing, a 2-1 defeat to Watford, with backup shot-stopper Michel Vorm starting in his place. The same is expected once again at Wembley. Alli started against the Hornets, played the full 90 minutes in the loss and also played 90 minutes for England against Spain. However, he picked up an injury after that and isn’t expected to be fit.
Emery wants more from his Arsenal players now (Sept 14th)
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is desperate to see his side play with “personality” when they make the long trip up to Newcastle United on Saturday. Speaking to the press ahead of the game, the Spaniard said: “Firstly we need to win and I think it is very important that in the last match we won. Our aim away at Newcastle on Saturday now is to keep improving things and continue to create our idea, build up our spirit on the pitch, individually and collectively.”
Claude Puel confident of Maguire stay after new contract (Sept 14th)
Leicester are confident that they will be able to keep Harry Maguire at the club after the defender signed a new five-year deal. Maguire had been a target for Man United during the Summer, but no move transpired. Speaking ahead of Leicester’s game against Bournemouth, Leicester boss Claude Puel said that Maguire’s new contract was good for the Foxes, and that it was unlikely the player would leave so soon after signing it. “I don’t know the details. I can only say that it is a good feeling for all the club and for our fans. This signing shows the ambition of the club, the owners. Very good for the future. After every season, there can be some moves. Not just Harry, but all the players. He signed a five-year contract. It is not in my mind, or his, to leave the club after one season.”
AC Milan eye January move for Aaron Ramsey (Sept 13th)
AC Milan are interested in signing Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey in the January transfer window. Milan are looking to take advantage of Ramsey’s contractual situation with the Gunners. His deal expires at the end of the season and there appears to be no progress on a new one for the midfielder. The Italian giants are now hoping that they can snatch Ramsey up on a cut-price deal to strengthen their squad in the second-half of the season.
Inter keen to tie down two key players amid United interest (Sept 13th)
Inter Milan are growing increasingly keen to tie down both Mauro Icardi and Milan Skriniar to new deals amid fears Manchester United are looking to buy the pair. Jose Mourinho’s desire to sign a new centre-back has been well documented over the summer, and Skriniar would definitely fill that need. Mauro Icardi would provide the Red Devils with excellent depth in forward areas.
Real Madrid star never intended to join Liverpool (Sept 13th)
Real Madrid star Marco Asensio has this week revealed that he never had any intention of leaving the Spanish giants this summer, despite constant links to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. There had been rumours about a potential move for Asensio to the Reds, though no official bid for the player ended up being made. “My first option is always to triumph at Real Madrid. After that, you never know what can happen.”
Mourinho has "lost patience" with Martial (Sept 13th)
Jose Mourinho has reportedly “lost patience” with his winger Anthony Martial. The 22-year-old now looks set to end his time at Old Trafford by moving to another Premier League club. Both Arsenal and Tottenham are thought to be interested in the Frenchman. He won’t come cheap though, with United likely wanting to recoup much of what they paid out for the former Monaco man.
Terry turns down Russian switch (Sept 13th)
Aston Villa target John Terry has officially rejected the chance to sign for Russian side Spartak Moscow. “After considerable thought, I have decided to decline a contract offer from Spartak Moscow. I would like to take the opportunity to thank Spartak and wish them and their supporters well for the rest of the season.” Villa are now thought to be looking into the possibility of bringing Terry back to the club, after he captained the side last season.
Boateng explains rationale for turning down United (Sept 13th)
Jerome Boateng has revealed exactly what he told Jose Mourinho on the phone when he turned down a move to Manchester United this summer. Both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for the defender, but he opted to remain at Bayern. He said: “I called Jose Mourinho, I told him that his interest was an honor for me and thanked him for trying so hard for me. I explained to Jose that it’s difficult to leave Bayern, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club.”
Fulham open Sessegnon contract talks (Sept 13th)
Fulham are hoping to sign Ryan Sessegnon to a new contract after opening talks with his representatives. The England U21 international has less than two years remaining on his current deal and the Cottagers want to ensure that his value is maintained and he’s freshly committed to the club. During the summer, Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the winger, but that interest didn’t come to fruition.
Luke Shaw gives United injury boost (Sept 13th)
Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw is hoping to return to action within a week. According to reports, Shaw is hopeful of facing Young Boys in the Champions League on Wednesday. There were fears over Shaw’s availability in the coming weeks after he suffered a head injury during the international break. Shaw was knocked unconscious in England’s 2-1 defeat to Spain in the UEFA Nations League. However, his recovery has clearly gone well and his time absent isn’t going to be as bad as was first thought.
David Luiz appears to take dig at Antonio Conte (Sept 13th)
David Luiz is certainly enjoying life under Maurizio Sarri and he’s delivered what looks like a bit of a dig at former boss Antonio Conte with his latest comments. Speaking to Chelsea’s website, Luiz has been discussing the differences between Sarri’s reign at the club, compared to his Italian predecessor. “First of all he’s a great person, great as a human. I think his philosophy to live life is already great because he wants to enjoy every day. After that he is a great coach. He wants to play with the ball, he wants to play with intensity, to work on the details and to give us all the information he can about the next game and the opponent.”
Sane highly praised by Thomas Muller after less-than-ideal start to the season (Sept 13th)
Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller is backing Manchester City’s Leroy Sane to deliver on the biggest stages, despite the recent uncertainty around his future. Sane was left out of Pep Guardiola’s City side during the early stages of the new season, raising concerns over his long-term future in Manchester. He was also left on the bench during Germany’s fixture in the international break, before leaving the squad early to be with his partner for the birth of their child. Muller said: “He’s an exceptional talent with abilities that only very few people possess. I think Leroy is mature enough, and I have great confidence in him for the future.”
Juventus want Pogba reunion next summer (12th Sept)
Fresh reports in Italy suggest Juventus are very keen to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United next summer. The Frenchman has been regularly linked away from Old Trafford, somewhere he reportedly doesn’t quite feel at home – especially under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho. It’s thought that the midfielder would be open to a move away from his current side, and it’s likely a return to Turin would appeal. United, of course, will be doing everything they can to keep hold of their record signing.
Barcelona lining up move for Alberto Moreno (Sept 12th)
Barcelona are said to be tracking Liverpool’s Spanish left-back Alberto Moreno. The Catalan side are said to be looking for cover after Lucas Digne’s departure for Everton during the summer transfer window. Moreno has yet to play for Liverpool competitively this season and has fallen down the pecking order behind Andy Robertson – and was behind James Milner for much of the 2016/7 season as his form waned. He’s made a total of 136 appearances for the Reds since 2015, scoring three goals and assisting 11 more.
City join growing list of Pavard suitors (Sept 12th)
Manchester City are in the race to sign Benjamin Pavard from Stuttgart. It’s reported that the Citizens have apparently joined the long list of clubs who are keen to explore the possibility of landing the Frenchman, who enjoyed a tremendous World Cup campaign with France. Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is reportedly an admirer of the versatile defender.
Keane eager to clear the air with Arter (Sept 12th)
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane is reportedly open to repairing his relationship with Cardiff City midfielder Harry Arter. Reports suggest an argument between Keane and Arter in May played a factor in the 28-year-old being left out of the country’s squad for the match against Poland. However, boss Martin O’Neill has revealed that Keane is likely to extend an olive branch to the 13-cap playmaker. The news comes amidst further reports of bust-ups in the Ireland camp, with experienced defender Stephen Ward appearing to leak a recollection of Keane and Jonathan Walters falling out via WhatsApp.
Woodward looks to make Berta appointment (Sept 12th)
Atletico Madrid’s sporting director, Andrea Berta, has emerged as a contender to take a similar role at Manchester United. It’s thought that United are keen on appointing a director of football as part of a major restructuring at the club. Berta can be credited for signings such as Antoine Griezmann and Jan Oblak during his time in Madrid, as well as bringing Diego Costa back to the club. It’s that sort of man Ed Woodward is on the hunt for.
Tuchel wants to keep hold of Liverpool target (Sept 12th)
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel says that he is keen for Liverpool target Adrien Rabiot to stay at the club, even though he’s entered the final year of his contract in the French capital. Jurgen Klopp’s side have reportedly been in talks with Rabiot’s mother, who is his agent, about a possible transfer. He can sign a pre-contract agreement with any foreign club from January onwards, but there has been some talk that PSG will allow the 23-year-old to leave in the winter window if he doesn’t commit his future to them, so that they can get a decent transfer fee for him.
Willian keen on new long-term Chelsea deal (12th Sept)
Chelsea winger Willian has reiterated his desire to put pen to paper on a new long-term deal at Stamford Bridge. Speaking in an honest and revealing interview on the club’s official website, Willian outlined his ambition to extend his stay in London, despite being linked with moves away over the summer. He said: “My mind was always like that [staying at Chelsea], always when I arrive here my plan was to stay here as long as possible and now I am here five years, I hope stay five more! I know I have two years of my contract left but I hope to stay even more years in the Premier League.”
Reds CL fixture against Napoli unchanged (Sept 12th)
Liverpool will indeed travel to Napoli’s Stadio San Paolo when the two sides meet in the Champions League next month, after suggestions the fixture could be moved. It was reported that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had asked to play Champions League fixtures in Bari, 160 miles from Naples, but UEFA have now confirmed that no such request has been received.
Moshiri increases share holding at Everton (Sept 12th)
Everton’s major shareholder Farhad Moshiri has taken an even larger stake in the club. The Iranian business mogul had increased his share from 49.9% to 68.6% – and that figure is set to rise further still. As of no later than July of next year, Moshiri will increase his holding to 77.2%. Moshiri had initially made his foray into English football with an ownership stake in Arsenal, which he took with his business partner Alisher Usmanov in 2007.
Lanzini recovery making good headway (Sept 12th)
West Ham star Manuel Lanzini is making progress in his rehabilitation efforts following a serious injury earlier this year. The attacking midfielder suffered severe knee damage while away on international duty some months ago, as he began preparations for the World Cup with his native Argentina. Lanzini is some way off from making his return to first-team training but does appear to be stepping up his efforts to recover, with work now ongoing at West Ham following a recovery period in Spain under orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat.
Benitez delivers positive Shelvey verdict ahead of Arsenal game (Sept 12th)
Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez is optimistic about Jonjo Shelvey’s chances of featuring against Arsenal this weekend. The midfielder has been absent in recent games as he works his way back from a minor injury. Speaking ahead of the clash against the Gunners, Benitez delivered a positive update on the condition of his midfielder: “We have some time, but at least Jonjo was training. If we don’t have any problems, he can be there. It’s too soon to say ‘yes’, but I am quite optimistic.”
Mourinho keen to sign fellow countryman (Sept 11th)
Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, Ruben Neves, is reportedly a £60m January target for Manchester United. Jose Mourinho, who incidentally has the same agent as Neves, is keen on signing the 21-year-old. The Portuguese man has made an impressive start to life in the Premier League, registering a goal and an assist in his first four games. Man City are also thought to be watching developments closely.
Ozil linked with Arsenal exit (Sept 11th)
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has emerged as a target for Fenerbahce. The former Germany international has overseen a slow start to the new season at Arsenal and has already seen his future at the club come under scrutiny, with the Turkish side allegedly keen to recruit him. The club are reportedly confident about their chances of convincing the 29-year-old to switch the Premier League for the Turkish Super Lig, with £42m quoted as a potential transfer fee.
Paul Gascoigne makes England a bizarre offer (Sept 11th)
After Gareth Southgate declared he was looking for a new “Gazza” to add creativity into his midfield, Paul Gascoigne made a remarkable offer to return to the England squad. He said: “I take a size nine. I’ll see what I can do. I’ll pop down and see you. Good luck mate and thanks for the kind words.” Just one last game for old times’ sake?
Man United eyeing Lozano move (Sept 11th)
Manchester United are interested in a deal to sign PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano after he impressed during the World Cup. It was widely expected that the Mexican would move on during the summer, but the Dutch side have managed to retain his services, for now at least. It wasn’t just in Russia that the 23-year-old made an impression, he also caught the eye in what was his first season in Dutch football, scoring an impressive 17 goals in 29 appearances.
City contact agent of Napoli star (Sept 11th)
Piotr Zielinski is the latest name to be linked with a move to Manchester City, with reports in Italy suggesting contact has been made over a deal. The Napoli midfielder was subject to a bit-part role under Maurizio Sarri last season, but remains very highly thought of in Serie A. Pep Guardiola is still looking for a central midfielder after missing out on the likes of Jorginho and Kovacic over the summer.
Dier set to captain England against Switzerland (Sept 11th)
Eric Dier will captain England against Switzerland after Gareth Southgate revealed Harry Kane would be rested for the friendly clash. The Spurs midfielder hasn’t necessarily been a first choice pick for Southgate since his arrival into the job, but he has certainly been a squad regular. As many as nine changes are expected for the game at the King Power Stadium in Leicester.
Tottenham monitoring Ben Chilwell (Sept 11th)
Spurs are monitoring Ben Chilwell as they consider making a move for the England U21 international. The Leicester player has been handed his first senior call-up by Gareth Southgate this week, something his impressive performances in the Premier League have warranted. With Danny Rose’s future uncertain, Mauricio Pochettino may want the 21-year-old left-back to replace him.
Lovren could yet miss more time with injury (Sept 11th)
Liverpool could be without defender Dejan Lovren for a while longer yet, as they insist that the player will not be rushed back from his ongoing struggles with fitness. It’s believed that the Croatian is currently sidelined due to a stomach problem, meaning that he hasn’t featured for Liverpool in the Premier League this season. Thankfully for the Reds, the form of Joe Gomez has been outstanding, and four wins from four suggest they’re not missing the World Cup finalist too badly.
High praise for Silva from ex-Toffee Abel Xavier (Sept 11th)
Everton will enjoy plenty of success under Marco Silva’s management, according to former Toffees defender Abel Xavier. Speaking to the club’s official website, Xavier outlined just how talented a coach Silva is as he continues to adjust to his new surroundings at Goodison Park. The Portuguese manager has overseen a solid start to the season, going unbeaten in the first four Premier League fixtures and comfortably progressing through to the third round of the Carabao Cup.
Kenedy stepping up efforts to learn English (Sept 11th)
On-loan Newcastle United star Kenedy has revealed that he is stepping up his efforts to overcome the language barrier and learn English quickly. Kenedy, whilst conceding that he has been ‘lazy’ in his efforts to get to grips with a new language, has revealed that he is undergoing private lessons to improve his communication skills.
Chelsea eyeing AC Milan pair (Sept 10th)
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is keen to strengthen his defensive options in the immediate future and has identified central defenders Mattia Caldara and Alessio Romagnoli as potential targets. The Blues were linked with a move for Caldara in the summer, as they lined him up as an alternative to Rugani. However, the 24-year-old ended up departing Juve and joined Milan in a big-money deal. Romagnoli also committed his future to life at the San Siro, penning a new contract.
Man City target Weigl won't come cheap (Sept 10th)
Manchester City are interested in signing Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund after several failed attempts to sign central midfielders this summer. The Bundesliga giants will demand a sum worth at least £68 million for the German, however. The 22-year-old is regarded as a crucial player at Dortmund, leading them to put a huge asking price on his head. Any fee in that region would break City’s record purchase (currently Riyad Mahrez).
Premier League clubs want end of August deadline return (Sept 10th)
Premier League clubs are set to agree to move the deadline for the transfer window again next season, but this time back to its original date at the end of August. Due to the insistence this summer for the window to close before the season started, clubs had to get their business done earlier than any other teams in Europe. It also left sides vulnerable, with player exits still allowed after the buying window had shut.
Leon Bailey wanted by a number of PL clubs (Sept 10th)
Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are all monitoring Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey. The 21-year-old is thought to prefer a move to Chelsea, if he were to leave Leverkusen in the upcoming transfer window. Bailey scored 12 goals in all competitions for his current side last season and was the subject of a £53m bid from Bayern Munich earlier this year.
Changes expected as Southgate risks unwanted record (Sept 10th)
Gareth Southgate could make as many as nine changes to his England side ahead of the friendly game with Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday. It’s a risk for Southgate, as a loss would mean the Three Lions have been defeated in four consecutive games – something that has never happened in their history. The likely XI will be: Butland, Alexander-Arnold, Walker, Tarkowski, Stones, Rose, Delph, Dier, Loftus-Cheek, Welbeck, Kane.
Liverpool keeping watch on Gelson Martins (Sept 10th)
Liverpool are keeping an eye on Portuguese international winger Gelson Martins following his move to Atletico Madrid. Martins signed for Spanish side Atletico Madrid on a six-year deal after his contract at Sporting Lisbon was terminated by mutual consent. However, he has been restricted to just two substitute cameos in La Liga, as he appears to be struggling to adapt to life outside of Portugal.
Maguire contract likely to end United pursuit (Sept 10th)
Harry Maguire has signed a new five-year contract at Leicester City after interest in him from Manchester United over the summer. The English centre-back felt he owed the Foxes a lot, deciding to stay despite the option of Old Trafford being on the table. It’s thought that this new deal will effectively end United’s interest in Maguire, for the time being at least.
Lemina record fine given incorrectly (Sept 10th)
After being handed a UK record fine for speeding last week, Mario Lemina has since discovered it was awarded in error. The Southampton man was initially charged £96,425 for the offence, later to have it reduced to just £2,000 after it became clear he’d been sentenced under the wrong guidelines.
Joe Gomez set for new Liverpool deal (Sept 10th)
Liverpool are set to hand defender Joe Gomez a new contract after his impressive start to the season. Reports suggest Gomez will sign an improved deal with Liverpool to match his wages with the club’s first-team regulars. Gomez has had an excellent start to the campaign so far, starting in each of Liverpool’s four Premier League games, as well as receiving a senior England call-up.
Griezmann has claimed he would like to end his career in the MLS (Sept 9th)
Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann has claimed that he would like to end his career playing in the MLS, with Inter Miami CF and LA Galaxy his preferred options. Griezmann has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in recent seasons, but signed a new contract with Atletico over the summer.
Shaw is walking after head injury (Sept 9th)
Luke Shaw is up and walking about following a nasty head injury he suffered against Spain whilst playing for England on Saturday. Shaw collided with Dani Carvalhal and was forced off the pitch on a stretcher. It has now been revealed that he is awake and walking about following the incident.
Rudiger prefers Sarri to Conte (Sept 9th)
Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger has said that he prefers Maurizio Sarri’s style of play to that of his former head coach Antonio Conte. Rudiger has praised Sarri’s high-pressing football, comparing it to Conte’s instructions to sit deep and soak up the pressure. Rudiger has started every game in the Premier League for Sarri.
AC Milan interested in Chelsea midfielder (Sept 9th)
AC Milan are showing a keen interest in Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, who could be allowed to leave in the January transfer window. Ross Barkley, N’Golo Kante and Jorginho appear to have Chelsea’s starting places in midfield, with Fabregas left to watch on from the bench, Milan could now offer him a route out to Italy, having also been previously linked with the midfielder.
Van Der Saar rubbishes claims he will be returning to Manchester United (Sept 9th)
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin Van Der Saar has poured cold water on claims that he will become the new director of football at Old Trafford. Van Der Saar called the reports “nonsense”, with the Dutchman set to retain the same role at Ajax in Holland.
John Terry set to earn £1.8m-per-year (Sept 9th)
John Terry is set to pocket £1.8m-year after tax when he joins Russian side Spartak Moscow. Terry is set to sign, either, a one-year deal or a two-year deal with Spartak, where he will earn £1.8m in wages, at least. Terry has been a free agent since he left Aston Villa at the end of last season.
Ruben Neves wanted by Manchester clubs (Sept 9th)
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is being eyed up by Manchester City and Manchester United after his impressive start to the season. The Portuguese international has shone in central midfield for the newly-promoted team and is attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs in Europe because of it.
Ramos has "clear conscience" after Salah injury (Sept 8)
Real Madrid central defender Sergio Ramos has claimed he has a “very clear conscience” after tangling with Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final, inflicting an injury upon the Egyptian that ended his match in the first half. Leaving the pitch in tears, many Liverpool fans took to social media to accuse Ramos of deliberately injuring their star forward, but the Spaniard claimed he never sets foot on the pitch with the intention of hurting another player. Despite his words, it seems Liverpool fans will remain largely unswayed in their opinions of the incident in Kyiv…
Real Madrid newbie Courtois "sad" at Chelsea fans' anger (Sept 8)
Thibaut Courtois has revealed that he is “sad” after some Chelsea fans reacted angrily to his Stamford Bridge exit, secured in the latter part of the summer transfer window. Moving to Real Madrid for a fee of £35 million, the Belgian will play for the cross-town rivals of Atletico Madrid – a club where he spent three years on loan previously. The 26-year-old claimed that fans who were upset by the move were not aware of “the full picture”.
Gracia claims Watford are "the new Leicester" (Sept 8)
Watford boss Javi Gracia has stated that his Hornets side are “the new Leicester”, in reference to the Foxes’ astonishing Premier League title campaign in the 2014/15 season. Having won the first four games of the season, Watford have exhibited some fantastic football in the early-going of this year’s competition. Whilst it may be too early for us writers to crown them “the new Leicester”, their manager certainly has every confidence in his squad.
Sane leaves Germany squad for "private reasons" (Sept 8)
Leroy Sane has left the Germany squad for what the national team describe as “private reasons”, following discussions with manager Joachim Low. It has been a turbulent six months for Sane, who despite winning the PFA Young Player of the Year Award, was left out of Germany’s squad for the World Cup in Russia, and has found it equally difficult to get playing time for Manchester City in the early season.
Richarlison makes Brazil debut (Sept 8)
Richarlison replaced Roberto Firmino in the 75th minute of Brazil’s friendly with the USA, in what marked the 20-year-old’s first cap for his national side. The new Evertonian enjoyed a strong start to the seaso, before a red card against Bournemouth derailed his promising Premier League campaign. Brazil beat the United States 2-0, with goals from Neymar and Firmino.
OUCH! Rüdiger apologises for brutal tackle on Pavard (Sept 8)
German central defender Antonio Rüdiger has apologised to French full-back Benjamin Pavard for a tackle that left his opponent with visible marks on his neck. Rüdiger tweeted his apology, insisting the challenge was not intentional, and wished the world Cup winner a speedy recovery.
"Blame me" - McLeish looks to encourage Scotland players (Sept 8)
Scotland manager Alex McLeish is looking to encourage his Scotland players after they were soundly beaten by Belgium on Friday night. A 4-0 win for the World Cup semi-finalists could have been much worse for the Scots, in what is McLeish’s fourth defeat in five games, with one goal scored in that time. However, the boss shouldered the blame in the aftermath of the drubbing, saying “if anybody’s got to take the blame, it’s me for telling them to pass it”.
EFL in groundbreaking decision to allow 3pm kickoffs to be televised (Sept 8)
The EFL have made the seismic decision to allow Saturday 3pm kickoffs to be televised on the platform iFollow. With the top two divisions on the international break, the EFL are able to lift sanctions preventing the transmission of the coverage of Leagues One and Two within the UK. Midweek games had also been shown, in a move that started this season.
Sherwood calls for lower league teams to act as feeder clubs for Premier League clubs (Sept 8)
Tim Sherwood has called for lower league teams to act as “feeder” clubs for Premier League teams. The comments are sure to generate controversy, with many lower league fans already choosing to boycott the EFL Trophy competition for its inclusion of Premier League and Championship “B Teams”. Sherwood claims that young English players would thrive on regular first team football
John Terry - "I'm still hungry" (Sept 8)
John Terry has stated that he still has the desire to play football at a high level, even hinting at a possible return to Aston Villa. Heaping praise on manager Steve Bruce, the former Chelsea and England captain revealed his sadness that the Midlanders weren’t able to get promoted, ultimately falling at the final hurdle in the playoff final against Fulham. Terry, 37, is set to play in a charity match for Stiliyan Petrov at Celtic Park this weekend, but may not be done playing competitively just yet.
Juventus keen to sign Anthony Martial for free (Sept 7th)
Juventus are the latest team to express an interest in signing Anthony Martial, with the Turin side hoping to land the player on a free transfer at the end of his current contract. Manchester United have reportedly offered the Frenchman a bumper new deal, however, as they look to tie down his long-term future.
Inter Miami CF planning to sign Ronaldo (Sept 7th)
David Beckham named his Miami football club this week and reports suggest he’s already eyeing players for their opening season in 2020. Cristiano Ronaldo is high on the wanted list to help increase the profile of the club, but you’d think he’d cost much more than the current MLS record signing of £11.05m. After a couple of years in Turin, perhaps CR7 will fancy Miami?
Clubs queuing round the block for De Jong (Sept 7th)
Tottenham are reportedly ready to rival the likes of Borussia Dortmund, PSG and Barcelona in a deal to sign Frenkie De Jong. The Dutch midfielder is valued at close to £40m by Ajax and is now considered among the best young talents in the Eredivisie. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is said to be a known admirer of the player and could pursue him in January. Manchester City and Roma are also believed to be monitoring the situation.
Atletico looking to up Hernandez release clause (Sept 7th)
Atletico Madrid want Lucas Hernandez to sign a new contract so they can increase his release clause to £135m. This news comes as Manchester United began to show interest in the Frenchman and it’s thought the bump up in exit figure would help fend off potential suitors. It’s not known if Hernandez or his agent are open to signing anything at this stage.
Dele Alli tips England to win Euro 2020 (Sept 7th)
Dele Alli says England can win Euro 2020 thanks to the players feeling as if there are “no limits” to their achievements. The Spurs player said: “I think we’ve definitely got the quality to win something and we can’t set any limits on what we can achieve. We feel like there is no limits, the only limit is what we put on ourselves which we shouldn’t do because we’ve got such great players.”
Mark Lawrenson reveals secret battle with cancer (Sept 7th)
Former Liverpool defender and football pundit Mark Lawrenson has revealed that he has successfully overcome a secret battle with cancer. The former Republic of Ireland international told fans on Twitter that he had had a cancerous blemish removed from his face. He also declared that he’d been given the all clear, revealing his nerves at having to wait for the good news.
Henderson was close to joining City in 2015 (Sept 7th)
Whilst we all know that Manchester City were able to sign Raheem Sterling from Liverpool back in 2015, what wasn’t such common knowledge was that the Manchester club also eyed a move for Jordan Henderson. City had big interest in Henderson and could have signed him for free as his contract at the Reds was close to expiring. He of course signed a new deal then, as he has just done so again.
Jorginho to City was as good as done (Sept 7th)
The agent of Italian midfielder Jorginho has confirmed that the 26-year-old had all but agreed to join Manchester City and was happy to do so, only for City to fail to agree a deal with Napoli for his signature. He then ultimately signed for Chelsea as they did manage to negotiate a purchase. Jorginho has settled in very quickly at Stamford Bridge, already looking like a shrewd by for Maurizio Sarri’s side.
Klopp strict on language lessons for his squad (Sept 7th)
It has been revealed that Jurgen Klopp makes all his foreign players learn English as a non-negotiable part of joining the Reds. Any player who isn’t keen likely won’t be signed or, if they already have, won’t be around too long. The rationale behind this is mainly the obvious – Klopp wants to be able to fully communicate with his players before match days.
Usmanov eyeing next purchase after Arsenal exit (Sept 7th)
Alisher Usmanov, the former Arsenal shareholder, is considering buying another football club now he’s cashed in his Gunners shares. It’s thought the Uzbek-Russian is looking at Charlton Athletic as a potential target. The £600m is obviously burning a hole in his pocket!
Liverpool make contact with agent of Adrien Rabiot (Sept 6th)
Liverpool have made their first move in pursuit of Paris St-Germain midfielder, Adrien Rabiot. The Frenchman has a contract that expires next summer and the Reds want to agree a deal for him to join in January. The Merseysiders have made initial contact with Rabiot’s mother, who is his agent, in an attempt to get ahead of the competition.
City eyeing £54m-rated Junior Firpo (Sept 6th)
Manchester City could be looking to splash the cash once more as Spanish reports suggest the Blues are lining up a move for Real Betis defender Junior Firpo. The Dominican Republic-born is a Spain U21 international. The 22-year-old can play at centre-back as well as left-back, something that supposedly appeals to Pep Guardiola.
Benfica face three year ban from football (Sept 6th)
Reports from Portugal suggest Benfica are potentially facing a ban of three years from playing football after being accused of a number of complex crimes, including the alleged ‘infiltration of the country’s judicial system’. In total, the club have to answer to 79 supposedly committed crimes.
Guardiola turns strict to keep title bid in check (Sept 6th)
Pep Guardiola has taken steps to ban mobile phones in ‘working spaces’ at City’s training complex. The Spaniard is so keen to keep the title bid alive, he’s also introduced a shake up with the club’s fine system. A flat fee will have to be paid by players for things such as arriving late for training. Prohibited phone areas include analysis sessions, team meetings, in the gym and training pitches at the City Football Academy.
Nuno added to Old Trafford shortlist (Sept 6th)
Wolves boss Nuno Santo has reportedly been added to a Manchester United shortlist of managers who could succeed Jose Mourinho, should he leave Old Trafford. Mourinho is thought to be under pressure already this season, after a mediocre start to the campaign. Zinedine Zidane is widely considered to be the Red Devils’ first choice.
Joachim Low not fazed by Ozil exclusion (Sept 6th)
Germany manager Joachim Low has claimed that not selecting Mesut Ozil is no issue. Low hinted that there are no plans to bring Ozil back at any point, after the midfielder decided to make himself unavailable for Germany. Ozil released a statement after the World Cup claiming that he felt he was being made a scapegoat for Germany’s poor tournament.
Spurs may play at Wembley all season (Sept 6th)
Tottenham have reportedly extended their Wembley stay to December 15th, with officials warning Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that the club may have to commit to playing there for the whole season. Delays at the new ground have caused a big push back in the planned opening date, with Boxing Day now seemingly the earliest it will host a competitive game.
Zaha set to make generous CPFC Ladies donation (Sept 6th)
Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha is set to play a key role in helping out the club’s womens team with their development. The Eagles had recently been told that they would need to raise a total of £250 per player for the side to be able to survive beyond this season. Zaha has recently signed a new deal with the club and has contacted Palace to confirm financial help for the Ladies squad.
Vertonghen expecting contract extension (Sept 6th)
Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen is expecting the club to extend his current contract by a further year, keeping him in north London until 2020. The 31-year-old Belgian defender has been a key figure at the back for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and they are keen not to lose the centre-back.
Southgate considering Ings call-up (Sept 6th)
Southampton forward Danny Ings could be set for an England call-up this year, with Gareth Southgate watching his progress intently. Southgate is apparently a fan of Ings and is keeping track of his progress at Southampton. The forward has had a good start to his Saints career with two goals in three starts for the club in the Premier League.
Hernandez on Man United radar (Sept 5th)
Lucas Hernandez is being eyed by Manchester United as they look to add competition to their defensive positions. The Frenchman, who is now a World Cup winner, is versatile and can play at left-back or at centre-back – something that reportedly appeals to Jose Mourinho. The 22-year-old has a £72m release clause.
Arsenal linked with former Chelsea man (Sept 5th)
Arsenal have been reportedly eyeing a move for former Chelsea defender Filipe Luis, currently at Atletico Madrid. The left-back had an unconvincing spell in the Premier League with the Blues, but Unai Emery is thought to be keen to add the Brazilian to his squad in January. The 33-year-old’s contract ends next summer.
VAR testing set to step up a gear (Sept 5th)
VAR testing in the Premier League is set to step up a gear, as the first Premier League “multi-match” trial takes place. On September 15th, all 3pm kick-offs will simultaneously have VAR usage, with Premier League chiefs keen to prove that the system can work when posed with a busy schedule.
Alli reveals how a Russian bracelet is now a lucky charm (Sept 5th)
Dele Alli has explained how the gift of a bracelet from a Russian taxi driver is now one of is lucky charms. After suffering an injury during the World Cup, he was sent for a scan to determine if his tournament was to be over. The driver handed Alli a bracelet, declaring it would be good luck – and it might well have been! The scan was clear and the midfielder was free to carry on playing. The 22-year-old has since kept it, taking it in his wash bag on match days.
Luke Shaw reveals he could have lost leg after double break (Sept 5th)
Back in the England squad after some impressive displays for Manchester United, Luke Shaw is once again finding his footballing feet. However, the left-back has revealed how, after his double leg break against PSV in Eindhoven, back in 2015, he was one flight away from having an amputation. Speaking about the ordeal, Shaw said: “At the time, they were thinking about flying me back [to the UK]. If I had flown back, I would probably have lost my leg because of the blood clots. No one knows I was really close to losing my leg.”
Henderson admits he must still improve (Sept 5th)
Jordan Henderson has admitted he still has to improve after signing a brand new, five-year deal with Liverpool. The Reds captain has been a mainstay at the club for many years, taking the armband from Steven Gerrard back in 2015. Henderson said: “I can certainly improve and be better in certain areas. Under Jurgen Klopp, there’s no better manager to do that.”
Messi believes the gap to Barcelona has closed (Sept 5th)
Lionel Messi thinks the attractiveness gap to Barcelona – and fellow La Liga side Real Madrid – has now been closed by Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, thanks largely to the spending power the two clubs have. He said: “Wherever the most money is, that’s where they [players] end up going. Things have changed and now the owners of clubs are multi-millionaires.”
Lallana injured with England (Sept 5th)
Adam Lallana has pulled out of the England squad for games against Spain and Switzerland with a groin injury. The Liverpool midfielder suffered the problem during a training session with Gareth Southgate’s side. He’s returned to Liverpool to begin treatment with no prognosis yet determined.
Neymar makes scathing Liverpool prediction (Sept 5th)
Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Liverpool in the Champions League, PSG star Neymar predicted that Liverpool would not even make the top four this season, let alone challenge Manchester City for the title. The Brazil forward thought City would win the league again, with United (2nd), Chelsea (3rd) and Spurs (4th) making up the rest of the European places.
Terry could be set for European move (Sept 5th)
John Terry could be on his way to Portugal to play, after Sporting Lisbon registered their interest in the Englishman. The former Chelsea player had also been linked with a return to Aston Villa, where manager Steve Bruce was keen for him to return, but Sporting appear to be favourites, assuming presidential candidate Pedro Madeira Rodrigues wins the upcoming election at the Portuguese club.
Pogba wants January exit (Sept 4th)
Paul Pogba has reportedly told Manchester United that he wants to leave the club in January – and head back to Juventus. The Frenchman re-joined United from the Italian giants but it’s thought he now wants a return to Turin. Understandably, Jose Mourinho won’t be keen to lose such a big player midway through the season.
Mane scoops first Player of the Month award (Sept 4th)
Sadio Mane has picked up the first Player of the Month award of the season, thanks to his electric start to the 2018/19 campaign. The Liverpool forward has scored 4 goals this term, including a brace against West Ham in the Reds’ opening fixture. The Senegalese man will be hoping to continue his good form after the international break.
FA considering 2030 World Cup bid (Sept 4th)
The FA are considering a joint bid for the 2030 World Cup with Ireland, in an attempt to hold the prestigious tournament for the first time since 1966. It’s thought the inclusion of Ireland within the proposals would hold a number of advantages, with one being that votes the UK wouldn’t normally win for its associations may go towards Ireland instead, increasing the chances of a successful bid.
Mourinho bullish over keeping his job (Sept 4th)
Jose Mourinho already seems under pressure this season, thanks to a below-par start to the year for his side. The Manchester United manager is not worried about losing his job, however, claiming that it would cost the club “a fortune” should they sack him. Seems the ‘Special One’ also believes he’s the ‘Invincible One’.
Dembele could be heading east in January (Sept 4th)
Various reports suggest Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Moussa Dembele will head to China in January to continue his career. Spurs were reportedly open to offers for the 31-year-old during the summer, but without any player purchases, it was unlikely he’d have been allowed to leave. Mauricio Pochettino will likely have to replace the number 19, should he depart north London.
Mustafi avoids FA action over celebration (Sept 4th)
Shkodran Mustafi has avoided any further action from The FA regarding his celebration in Sunday’s game against Cardiff City. The German was seen doing a political hand gesture after scoring the game’s opening goal. The FA have dismissed any allegations of wrongdoing on Mustafi’s part, with no further punishment or action to be taken.
Hornets set to reward Gracia (Sept 4th)
Javi Gracia is set to be rewarded for his excellent start to the Premier League season by being offered a new and improved contract. The Watford boss has overseen four wins from four to kick off the campaign – one of only three sides to do that so far this season. Gracia’s current contract expires next summer, so club bosses are keen to get the matter resolved quickly.
Sterling pulls out of England squad (Sept 4th)
Raheem Sterling has pulled out of England’s international squad for fixtures against Spain and Switzerland, citing a back problem. The Manchester City winger is a key player for Gareth Southgate as his side look to make a solid start in the newly devised ‘Nations League’ format. Pep Guardiola will be hoping it’s nothing long term, as Sterling has hit the ground running at the Etihad after returning from the World Cup.
Klopp has no goalkeeper rotation plans (Sept 4th)
Jurgen Klopp has declared his desire to limit goalkeeper rotation this season, making it clear Alisson will be his number one for Champions League games. The 25-year-old Brazilian has made an assured start to life on Merseyside, if you exclude Saturday’s mishap away at Leicester. The club’s number two stopper, Simon Mignolet, looks set for an extended spell on the bench.
City to hold off on Kompany contract talks (Sept 4th)
Manchester City will wait until the end of the season before offering Vincent Kompany a new contract at the club. The Belgian centre-back celebrated 10 years at City last weekend, but is undoubtedly in the twilight of his career. The 32-year-old has suffered with regular injury issues throughout his time in the Premier League.
West Ham would have to break the bank to bin Pellegrini (Sept 4th)
Whilst the word from the West Ham board is that Manuel Pellegrini is safe in his Hammers job, the fans are certainly not all comfortable with that same rhetoric. Four losses from four to begin a season is never going to delight the east London faithful, but even worse is that should the club wish to sack the Chilean, it would reportedly cost around £15m, largely due to there being no break clause in his active deal.
Bumper contract likely for De Gea (Sep 3rd)
Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is set to sign a new contract with the club, worth a reported £350,000 per week.
Arguably the best ‘keeper in the league, De Gea has long since been linked to a move back to Spain, with a Real Madrid deal coming as close as a miss-directed fax.
His allegiance since then, however, appears to have earned the Spaniard a rather large pay rise.
Marcelo wants Ronaldo reunion (Sep 3rd)
Real Madrid defender Marcelo is reportedly hopeful of a reunion with Ronaldo as he eyes a move following his former teammate to Juventus.
The Brazilian left-back yet again had a top drawer season last year, so any deal would likely involve large figures.
It’s unclear if Juventus do have any interest in the defender, but you’d be surprised if they didn’t.
Mustafi in hot water after celebration (Sep 3rd)
Shkodran Mustafi could be in for a dressing down by The FA after his goal celebration during Arsenal’s 3-2 win over Cardiff City.
The German made what is thought to be a political gesture with his hands after scoring the opening goal of the game – similar to the one Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri displayed during the World Cup.
Neither of those two players received any repercussion, however.
Sane treatment scares City squad (Sep 3rd)
Pep Guardiola deciding to leave Leroy Sane out of the match day squad for Manchester City’s game with Newcastle on Saturday has sent shockwaves around the squad.
The Spaniard’s treatment of the German winger has apparently led to the rest of his side fearing for their place on future team sheets.
It’s a good job the former Barcelona boss has a very good squad to pick from!
Foxes keen on Drinkwater return (Sep 3rd)
Leicester City are monitoring Danny Drinkwater’s situation at Chelsea with a keen eye, with the hope of potentially bring him back to the King Power in January.
The former Foxes man helped Leicester win the league in his time as the club, but since moving to Chelsea, hasn’t enjoyed the best of times.
It’s thought Maurizio Sarri may be open to allowing the Englishman to leave.
No such goal trouble for Ronaldo Jnr. (Sep 3rd)
Whilst Ronaldo has yet to open his account for the Italian champions, there’s been no such issues for his 8-year-old son.
Over the weekend, Ronaldo Jnr. scored four goals for one of Juventus’ youth teams.
It sounds very much like he could be a chip off the old block.
Man United private jet fail on deadline day (Sep 3rd)
With Manchester United on the hunt for a centre back, Diego Godin became a serious target as the transfer window came to a close during August.
It’s been reported that the club had a private jet on standby but had to cancel it when any move for the Uruguayan didn’t come to fruition.
As it happened, Jose Mourinho had to make do with no new defender.
Ings has bet with former teammate Salah (Sep 3rd)
Danny Ings has had a friendly bet with his former Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah that he can score more goals than him this season.
The Southampton striker bagged again on Saturday as his side beat Crystal Palace 2-0.
Liverpool’s Egyptian striker hasn’t been at his brilliant best just yet this campaign but still has two Premier League goals to his name – on par with Ings.
No 'Sir' for Southgate (Sep 3rd)
After guiding England into the semi-finals of this year’s World Cup and eventually achieving a fourth place finish, it was expected that Gareth Southgate may have been recognised for his efforts in some way.
However, if a knighthood was in the thoughts of the former Middlesbrough man, he’ll have to think again, as it was revealed the government intends to block honours for people who avoid tax.
Southgate put money into a film production company in 2016, a company now involved in a large tax dodging case.
Manuel Pellegrini's future not yet in doubt (Sep 3rd)
After a fourth straight defeat this weekend for new West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini, you’d be forgiven for thinking he was already under pressure.
Reports suggest, however, that the Chilean is safe – for the time being at least – and is in no imminent danger of being handed his P45.
Performances, and more importantly results, will need to improve though, especially given the money spent over the summer transfer window.