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Alexandre Lacazette has spoken of his desire to leave Arsenal, stating that his agent is looking at options.

The forward was dropped for Arsenal’s home match against Newcastle on Saturday, and has only started four matches in the Premier League this season.

Mikel Arteta has admitted Newcastle’s riches will force the rest of the Premier League to react to the emergence of another potential powerhouse.

The Magpies’ new owners, who have the backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, have big plans for the ailing Tyneside giant, which spent much of previous owner Mike Ashley’s 14-year reign treading water.

Arteta said: “It’s going to raise the level, for sure, because the ambition, first of all, at the club, it will be there and when the ambition is there, then normally the club is going to make decisions to fulfil those ambitions and then the level is going to rise.”

AC Milan head coach Stefano Pioli has signed a contract extension until June 2023.

The 56-year-old former Inter and Lazio boss, whose appointment was fiercely opposed by Rossoneri fans in October 2019, has reinvigorated the ailing club.

Pioli has returned Milan to the Champions League and they are currently level on points with Napoli at the top of Serie A.

Manchester City will step up their attempts to secure Raheem Sterling to a long-term contract following his goalscoring return to Pep Guardiola’s team and interest from Barcelona.

Swansea captain Matt Grimes has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with the club.

The 26-year-old, who was linked with a number of Premier League clubs, has agreed a new deal until 2025.

Grimes joined the Swans from Exeter in 2015 and has played every minute of their Championship campaign so far this season.

West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna looks set to miss the rest of the season due to the cruciate ligament injury he suffered against Liverpool, David Moyes has said.

Ogbonna is to undergo surgery after sustaining the knee issue in the 3-2 Premier League win at the London Stadium on November 7.

Asked about the 33-year-old Italian at a press conference ahead of Saturday’s trip to Wolves, Hammers boss Moyes said: “He is going to have surgery, we think surgery will take place over the next couple of days.”

Eddie Howe will be absent from Newcastle’s first match since being appointed manager after testing positive for coronavirus.

Howe, named as Steve Bruce’s successor on November 8, will now be self-isolating while the Magpies host Brentford in the Premier League on Saturday, with assistant head coaches Jason Tindall and Graeme Jones leading the team.

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Blackpool head coach Neil Critchley has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal to keep him at the club until June 2026.

Critchley joined the Seasiders in March 2020 from Liverpool and steered the side to promotion from League One into the Championship during his first full season in charge.

Chelsea’s hopes of retaining Antonio Rudiger have taken a dent, with Bayern Munich reportedly willing to give the defender a £200,000-a-week deal to move to Bavaria.

Rudiger has started ten of Chelsea’s 11 Premier League matches this season, scoring once, and Thomas Tuchel will be keen to offer the German centre-back a new deal to keep him at the club.

Newcastle United are targeting Inter Milan duo Stefan de Vrij and Marcelo Brozovic as well as Lazio goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha as they look to strengthen their squad in January as a first significant sign of their increase in wealth after the club’s takeover last month.

Real Madrid are reportedly interested in rescuing Dutch midfielder Donny Van de Beek from his nightmare spell at Old Trafford.

The former Ajax player has made just 21 appearances for Manchester United, scoring just once, and cannot displace even Fred in the midfield.

Real, who had been interested in Van de Beek before his move to England, are hoping to secure his signature at a cut price.

Barcelona have re-signed veteran full-back Dani Alves on a deal until the end of the season.

The 38-year-old Brazil right-back won 23 trophies in a glittering Barcelona spell between 2008 and 2016, but has since represented Juventus, Paris St Germain and Sao Paulo.

The 119-cap international has now agreed to return to Barcelona however, in a shock move back to La Liga.

“Barcelona and Dani Alves have reached an agreement in principle for the player to join the football first team for the remainder of the current season,” read a Barcelona statement.

“The Brazilian will be joining training from next week but will not be able to play until January.”

Barcelona are reportedly considering a move for Raheem Sterling when the transfer window opens in January.

Barca were the 9/2 favourites to sign the Manchester City forward during the last transfer window after reports claimed Pep Guardiola would allow him to leave this summer as part of a squad overhaul.

Sterling has started just three Premier League games this season.

Jack Rodwell has agreed a move to Australia to try and salvage his career, and he is set to join Western Sydney Wanderers on a two-year deal.

Newly appointed Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has expressed an interest in brining Atletico Madrid full-back Kieran Trippier to St James’ Park.

Trippier has been a vital cog in Diego Simeone’s Atleti team since his move to Madrid in 2019, but he reportedly remains interested in a move back to England due to family circumstances, though it is thought that his boyhood club Manchester United would be his preferred destination.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba could be set to miss the remainder of 2021 after picking up a thigh injury on duty with France.

The news has sparked speculation that the Frenchman has perhaps played his final game for the Red Devils, with rumours of a return to Juventus in the January transfer window rife.

Newcastle are reportedly making Juventus midfielder Adrien Rabiot one of their top priorities as the January transfer window approaches, according to reports from Italian media outlet Calciomercato.

The Frenchman is yet to score for the Old Lady this season and it is thought he could be available to the Magpies for less than £13m.

Pep Guardiola has let slip in an interview with Spanish media that Manchester City may not be able to hold onto Raheem Sterling should Barcelona come knocking.

“We have too much work to do but if Barcelona is interested in any of our players, I’m convinced that they can get them,” he said.

“The city, the club, the history and this for the coaches, for the players always seduces a lot. If Barcelona is interested in one of our players, they will start the machinery, it is an ocean liner. Barcelona, in good and bad, can do what they want.”

Stoke chief executive Tony Scholes is set to step down after more than 17 years at the club to take up a role with the Premier League.

Scholes assumed the role in 2004 and during his tenure the club enjoyed a 10-year stint in the top flight.

The 56-year-old said: “Making the decision to leave the club after a long time has been extremely difficult but I feel the time is right to embrace the new challenge that my role with the Premier League will give me.”

Manchester United are reportedly set to miss out on their pursuit of Velez Sarsfield wonderkid Thiago Almada.

The 20-year-old is likely to join MLS outfit Atlanta United.

Almada has scored four goals and assisted a further four in Argentina’s top-flights this season.

Xavi and his current club Al-Sadd are set for an ugly stand-off as rumours over his impending move to manage Barcelona continue to swirl.

Reports emerged on Thursday night that the Barca legend could be named the club’s new head coach as early as this weekend.

The former Spain midfielder, 41, has been managing the Qatar-based club since 2019 and has long been linked with a return to the Nou Camp.

Former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is 1/20 to be the next Newcastle boss after his price was slashed on Thursday.

Howe, who was 8/13 to be give the role on Wednesday, is reportedly close to reaching an agreement with the St James’ Park club.

Barcelona are reportedly ready to accept a January loan offer from Newcastle for midfielder Philippe Coutinho which will include an option to buy.

The Brazilian, 29, has struggled since leaving Liverpool for £140m in 2018, spending a season on loan at Bayern in 2019-2020.

Former Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has emerged as the new favourite to take the helm at Barnsley after Markus Schopp was sacked last month.

Wilder has been out of work since he left Sheffield United earlier this year, but he has been spotted at each of Cardiff’s last two matches.

He led Sheffield United from League One to the Premier League, and secured safety in their first season back in the top flight, earning plenty of plaudits along the way.

Poor results in their second season, however, along with an alleged falling out with the owners, ended with Wilder walking away from the club he has supported since his childhood.

Tottenham are set to appoint former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte who is heavy odds-on to be the next Spurs boss after Nuno Espirito Santo was sacked last week.

Conte has reportedly already been offered an 18-month contract at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

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The two parties were believed to be in advanced discussions on Monday, with the Italian in London ahead of a possible announcement.

Only days ago he was the short-priced favourite to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United.

Tottenham could let Dele Alli leave the club as soon as January and there is likely to be interest from Newcastle United.

The England midfielder has struggled for game time in north London since Mauricio Pochettino left the club two years ago, and despite starting the season in Nuno Espirito Santo’s new-look Spurs team he has quickly slipped down the pecking order once again.

David Moyes says he is in the dark Koeb fodboldtroejer over potential new investment at West Ham, but added: “It sounds as if something is happening.”

Czech businessman Daniel Kretinsky is understood to be in talks with West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold over a deal to buy a stake in the club.

When quizzed on the negotiations at his pre-match press conference, West Ham boss Moyes said: “(I’ve heard) just the same rumours you have heard.

“I do not know any more than you know but it sounds as if something is happening, yes.”

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has not ruled out dropping skipper Harry Maguire, saying “no one’s under a bubble” in his squad.

There has been significant criticism of Maguire’s performances amid United’s recent struggles, which reached detske fotbalove dres a new low with the 5-0 home loss to Liverpool last Sunday.

Asked at his press conference on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Tottenham if the 28-year-old England defender was droppable, like any other player, Solskjaer said: “In a squad like we have, with top-quality players, everyone expects to play, I expect every one of them to expect to play.

“But they also know they have good team-mates around them and no one’s under a bubble, of course they are not.”

Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo is not worrying about the long-term futures of Dele Alli and Harry Winks.

Alli is suffering a throwback to last season, when he was frozen out under Jose Mourinho, as he was unable to make a nine-man bench for the midweek Carabao Cup win at Chelsea trojor Burnley, while Winks has barely featured at all under Nuno.

Winks has been outspoken about his desire for regular action while Alli, whose career is in limbo, is unlikely to allow another season to be wasted, meaning the January transfer window could be interesting for both players.

“They are our players, they are here with us,” he said. “There’s nothing to be worried about. It’s a situation that we have to work, we have to improve all the players, build momentum on the performance of the players.

“We are talking about January, so far away, so far away. We have to focus on what we do now.”

Patrick Vieira insisted it was a “joy” to work with Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher and believes that the youngster can continue to improve at Crystal Palace.

Gallagher is on loan at Selhurst Park this season after coming through the Chelsea youth system, and has made nine appearances, scoring two goals.

“Working with Conor, it’s a joy really because he is a player who wants to fill his potential, he wants to learn and he wants to work hard and he’s bringing this energy to the team,” the Palace manager said.

However, the former France international would not be drawn on whether the club would be interested in permanently signing Gallagher at the end of his loan deal next summer.

“It’s really too early to talk about these kind of decisions,” added Vieira.

Watford’s Ismaila Sarr could be for the first signing of Newcastle’s new era, with the Magpies reportedly preparing a big money January bid.

The Senegal winger, 23, was strongly linked with Manchester United in the summer of 2020 after Watford’s relegation from the Premier League.

Sarr has already scored four goals in the league this season, adding to the 13 he managed in the Sky Bet Championship last term.

Kingsley Coman looks set to leave Bayern Munich in the summer, with the German champions reportedly “determined” to sell him.

The news is likely music to the ears of Manchester United, who have long been linked with the 25-year-old France winger.

Coman is yet to start a league game for Bayern this season.

Neymar has urged Paris Saint-Germain to sign his Brazilian team-mate Raphinha from Leeds.

Liverpool are the favourites to sign the winger, 24, who has made a huge impact at Elland Road since joining from Rennes for £17m in 2020.

It led to him making his Brazil debut earlier this season, where he put in a match-winning performance against Venezuela.

Chelsea are reportedly considering the signing of West Brom’s 16-year-old wonderkid Leonardo Cardoso.

Cardoso is thought of highly at the Hawthorns but is yet to sign a professional contract because of his age.

It is understood that Chelsea could be ready to swoop in and offer him a bumper contract once he turns 17 next May.

The move for the midfielder would be similar to Chelsea’s pursuit of Billy Gilmour, who joined the Blues from Rangers without making a senior appearance for the Ibrox club.

Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez has signed a new five-year deal with the club.

Martinez has scored five goals in nine Serie A appearances this term from an xG of 5.23 according to Infogol.

The Argentina international’s previous contract was set to expire in 2023 and included a release clause of 111m (£94m).

He has now extended his stay at the San Siro for a further three years, while the release clause has been removed.

The 24-year-old had been linked to a move to the Premier League in recent transfer windows with Tottenham believed to be heavily interested in the striker.

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Barcelona B boss Sergi Barjuan has been named interim head coach of the first team at the Nou Camp.

The La Liga giants sacked Ronald Koeman after Wednesday’s defeat at Rayo Vallecano and, according to multiple reports, have lined up former Barca midfielder Xavi to replace the Dutchman on a permanent basis.

But while the club are said to be working on securing a deal for the current Al-Sadd boss, they have promoted Barjuan to first-team duties on a temporary basis.

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Czech-based billionaire Daniel Kretinsky is days away from agreeing the purchase of a big stake in West Ham United that could lead to a full takeover.

Daniel Kretinsky, who owns the Czech top-flight side Sparta Prague and has big stakes in Royal Mail and J Sainsbury, is in advanced talks to acquire a 27 percent stake in the Premier League club according to Sky Sports.

It is expected that the deal will include an option to take full control of the club after an unspecified period.

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Liverpool are among the Premier League giants eyeing Jude Bellingham – but have been warned he will cost mega money.

The 18-year-old has started every Bundesliga match for Borussia Dortmund this season, registering two goals and two assists, with a further goal and two assists in the Champions League.

Manchester United have ‘accepted’ Paul Pogba will not agree to a new contract and have prepared themselves to lose him on a free transfer at the end of the season, according to reports.

Super agent Mino Raiola is reportedly set to travel to Juventus for a meeting with the Serie A club’s management in November, with the future of Paul Pogba among the topics up for discussion.

Former Watford boss Xisco Munoz is back in management after being confirmed as the head coach of second-tier Spanish side Huesca.

Munoz was sacked by the Hornets on October 3, just seven games into the new Premier League season.

He was replaced by Claudio Ranieri but has not had to wait long to land another job.

Huesca announced the departure of Nacho Ambriz on Tuesday and moved swiftly to land their new man on a deal to the end of the current campaign.

Mikel Arteta has backed Eddie Nketiah to become a “top, top player” and is hoping that will be at Arsenal after he struck in the Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Leeds.

It was just the 22-year-old’s second appearance of the season, his first coming in the third-round success over AFC Wimbledon, and he is out of contract in the summer.

“We had a situation in the summer that we tried to resolve and we couldn’t either way,” said Arteta.

“That contract situation is more and more common in football for where we are coming from with Covid and a lot of the issues that we have to resolve.

“I have full belief that he is going to be a top, top player and hopefully at Arsenal. I’m happy to have him, he is our player, I regard him really highly and from my side I want him to stay.”

Jude Bellingham’s brother Jobe could follow the England star to Borussia Dortmund as the Germans eye a transfer raid on Birmingham.

Newcastle are willing to make Erik ten Hag one of the highest-paid managers in the Premier League but the Dutchman is reluctant to leave Ajax.

Torino manager Ivan Juric has confirmed that Italian striker Andre Belotti will not sign a new contract with the club.

Belotti, whose contact runs out in 2022, has scored 106 goals in 233 appearances for the Turin-based side, while also netting 12 times in 39 appearances for his national side.

It comes as welcome news for both Tottenham and Arsenal, who have both made their interest in the forward clear, but they may have to fight off Inter Milan for his signature, with Simone Inzaghi also registering his desire to bring Belotti to Milan.

Lukasz Fabianski is in talks over a new contract at West Ham.

The 36-year-old goalkeeper’s current deal expires at the end of the season but he expects to agree a one-year extension.

“As far as I can tell, there have been some preliminary talks already going on,” Fabianski told Polish media outlet Meczyki.

“I hope that we will calmly come to a good solution for both sides. I do not see any reasons for it to be otherwise.”

According to The Sun, Zinedine Zidane, Antonio Conte, Erik ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers are the candidates being sounded out as successors to under-fire Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Solskjaer could take over as Norway manager if he gets sacked by Manchester United after a short break, reports suggest.

US businessman Chris Kirchner has announced his intention to buy Sky Bet Championship club Derby.

The Rams went into administration last month and have appealed against the 12-point penalty handed out by the English Football League.

Wayne Rooney’s side have won three games and drawn eight but sit bottom of the Championship as a result of the deduction.

American businessman Kirchner has now confirmed he wants to buy the club. The 34-year-old is founder, owner and chief executive of, a global logistics company.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel hopes Callum Hudson-Odoi can benefit from some tough love as the 20-year-old forward looks to deliver in front of goal again in the Carabao Cup.

With Romelu Lukaku and Timo Werner on the sidelines, Hudson-Odoi was handed a chance to impress against Norwich on Saturday and scored in the first half of the 7-0 victory.

Tuchel feels Hudson-Odoi can benefit from an extra push to make the most of his opportunities, the next being the visit of Southampton on Tuesday night.

“He needs that. These guys who are so full of quality hear sometimes a bit too often how good they are, but you need to prove it, to show it,” Tuchel said on Chelsea’s website.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shortened from 2/1 to 1/5 to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job after Manchester United were humiliated 5-0 by fiercest rivals Liverpool.

The result, United’s joint-second worst in the Premier League era, was their fifth defeat in their last nine games in all competitions.

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Brendan Rodgers remains hopeful Youri Tielemans will sign a new long-term contract with Leicester following the midfielder’s latest star turn at Brentford.

Tielemans scored a sensational 25-yard strike to put Leicester ahead and, after Brentford had hauled themselves level, he helped tee up James Maddison to seal a 2-1 victory.

The Belgium international’s current contract expires in 2023 and Rodgers said: “Naturally it’s one the club will do everything they possibly can in order to keep Youri.

“My focus is on making him the best player he can be. It’s between his representatives and the club and hopefully they will find a solution.

“He’s a wonderful guy to work with, and today’s was a sensational strike. He creates goals, he scores goals and he’s a real brain in our midfield.”

Newcastle have put Wolves skipper and England star Conor Coady on their wanted list for their Premier League rescue mission.

The Toon are drawing up targets for January when the new owners will need to recruit for a potential survival fight.

And it’s believed the 28-year-old England international is greatly admired at St. James’ Park.

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Mohamed Salah says he wants to stay with Liverpool for the rest of his playing career.

The 29-year-old’s current deal at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023 and Liverpool are anxious to finalise negotiations over a new long-term contract.

“It doesn’t depend on me, but if you asked me I would love to stay until the last day of my football (career),” Salah told Sky Sports.

“But I can’t say much about that, it’s not in my hands. It depends on what the club wants. It doesn’t depend on me. At the moment, I can’t see myself ever playing against Liverpool. That would make me sad.”

The Egypt international became the fastest player to score 100 goals for Liverpool in September and is the fifth-fastest to score 100 Premier League goals (162 matches).

Mikel Arteta has no doubts Alexandre Lacazette will give his all to Arsenal as questions over his future remain, insisting “anything is possible” when it comes to the striker signing a new deal.

Lacazette’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the 30-year-old is free to speak to foreign clubs from January.

The France striker has played just 72 minutes of Premier League football this season but he grabbed a last-gasp equaliser off the bench in Monday’s 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace.

“I had no doubts about his work ethic,” said Arteta. “If I had, probably I would suggest to do something different with him in the summer, when a player could not find the motivation or if his interests are just with his financial future.

“It is not the case with Laca, and he has shown that since I have been here every single day. That’s why he is a really important player for us.”

Liverpool will hold talks aimed at reducing the time their key players are away at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Reds have made a blistering start to the season in attack, spearheaded by Mo Salah and Sadio Mane, both of whom are set to join up with their respective national teams midseason.

Defender Joel Matip has now retired from international duty, but Guinea’s Naby Keita is another player Liverpool will likely have to do without out during the busy Christmas period.

Barcelona attacker Ansu Fati has agreed a new six-year deal and become the second player from the club to have his buy-out clause set at 1billion euros.

The Bissau-born teenager had been linked with a move elsewhere but has committed his future to the financially-stricken Catalan giants.

Fati’s new contract will officially be signed on Thursday and will see him follow in the footsteps of team-mate Pedri, who last week agreed new terms which also included an £842million release clause.

In 47 appearances for Barca, the forward has scored 15 goals and is the second youngest player to debut for the club after he made his first appearance aged 16 and 298 days.

Manchester City have placed a £67.5m price tag on Raheem Sterling as Barcelona prepare to make a move for the England winger.

The England forward stated in a recent interview how he would be open to moving abroad in order to secure first team football, with Barcelona and Real Madrid heavily linked.

Manchester United are planning a January clear-out with Donny van de Beek and Anthony Martial at the top of the list of those players who could be on their way out of Old Trafford.

United are also considering options for Amad Diallo and will make a decision on loaning him out before Christmas.

Eddie Howe is the latest name to be linked with the Newcastle manager’s job.

The former Bournemouth boss was the early favourite for the job after the club’s takeover was confirmed, but his price quickly drifted.

Steve Bruce remains in charge, but according to various of this morning’s papers, Howe is already in discussions with the Newcastle board.

Manchester City reportedly remain interested in West Ham’s Declan Rice as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho.

The England international has been linked with the Etihad for more than a year now, with many reports claiming it could be a straight choice between Rice and his England midfield partner Kalvin Phillips of Leeds United when City enter the market next sumer.

Bournemouth have completed the signing of Robbie Brady on a free transfer.

Cherries Chief executive Neill Blake said of the transfer: “To be able to sign a player of Robbie’s experience and calibre on a free transfer is a coup for the football club.

“Robbie has huge quality and versatility to add another important option to Scott Parker and his coaching staff.

“Proven at the top level, Robbie knows what it takes to be a Premier League player and we’re delighted he has chosen to join us at Vitality Stadium.”

Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski could be on his way to Manchester City according to his agent Pini Zahavi.

The Poland striker told the club he wanted to leave for a new challenge towards the end of the summer transfer window, and has since been linked with a move that would re-unite him with former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola.

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Lewandowski, 33, is under contract until the summer of 2023 but the Bavarians are thought to be willing to sell at the end of the season to avoid losing him on a free transfer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feels optimistic that Jesse Lingard will sign a new deal at Manchester United.

The 28-year-old, who scored nine goals in 16 appearances for West Ham while on loan during the second half of last season, is out of contract at the end of the campaign.

Solskjaer said: “Jesse’s had a good start to the season. He’s come on and scored a few goals for us, that’s been very important for us.

“We want to prolong his contract, we see him as an important player. It’s up to him, maybe up to me, to give him more playing time because he deserves to.

Pressure on Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has increased since the club’s Saudi Arabian-funded takeover with Rangers manager Steven Gerrard mentioned among several others as a possible replacement.

While Newcastle, second bottom in the Premier League, get set to play Tottenham on Sunday, Gerrard’s cinch Premiership leaders are preparing for the visit of second-placed Hearts on Saturday.

Asked about being linked with the Magpies, the Gers boss said: “I don’t really react or get involved in any kind of speculation.

“Especially when there is someone who I have the utmost respect for sitting in that job that the speculation is about. For me, I am in a very big job here that I am fully focused on and we have a top-of-the-table clash at the weekend and it is a game I am very much looking forward to.”

Pep Guardiola has promised Raheem Sterling he will get plenty of opportunities to prove why he should be starting every match.

Sterling this week sparked speculation over his future at Manchester City by revealing he would be “open” to moving elsewhere if it meant more game time.

“It’s today, tomorrow, when you get the opportunity to play,” Gurdiola said. “Show me, show yourselves. Show the world how wrong I was when I was not selecting you and then you are right.

“The biggest speak on the pitch. They need to show me how good they are. The biggest athletes in the world, in all the sports, they speak on the grass.”

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Tottenham’s plans for Sunday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle have been plunged into chaos after two players tested positive for coronavirus.

Both men, who trained with the group on Thursday, were shown to have contracted Covid-19 after tests in the last 24 hours.

The two unnamed players must now isolate for 10 days as per Government rules, keeping them out of the game at St James’ Park, a Europa Conference League match against Vitesse Arnhem and the London derby at West Ham next weekend.

Raheem Sterling would be open to moving away from Manchester City to get more game time.

England forward Sterling has made just two Premier League starts this season under Pep Guardiola.

Speaking at the FT Business of Sport US Summit on Thursday evening, Sterling said: “If there was the opportunity to go somewhere else (for more game time), I would be open to it at this moment in time.

“As I said, football is the most important thing to me – challenges that I have set myself from a young age and dreams as well, to play abroad.

“As an English player all I know is the Premier League and I have always had something down (in me) that maybe one day I would love to play abroad to see how I would come up against that challenge.”

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl thinks the takeover at Newcastle will change the dynamic of the Premier League relegation battle during the second half of the season.

Newcastle are 19th in the standings as the league prepares to resume this weekend following the international break.

Hasenhuttl said: “It’s a big chance for the club because when you want to transform a club in the Premier League and want to change the team and bring in new players then you need a lot of money.

“I think Newcastle is a team in the past who have not invested so much and have been crying for more investment and if they have an owner now to do that then they have more options.

“In this moment the window is closed so it is not possible to invest but in the future it will definitely change their opportunities as a club and in the next transfer window (they can) strengthen the team and this can definitely have an impact on their season, for sure.

“At the moment, they are in our area and until winter they will be a different team on the pitch.”

Barcelona teenager Pedri has agreed a long-term contract extension with the financial-stricken Catalan giants.

The 18-year-old Spain international, who was named in the Euro 2020 team of the tournament, has agreed a deal that will keep him at the Nou Camp until 2026.

His new contract includes a 1bn Euros release clause and will be officially signed on Friday.

Pedri, who has been linked with Liverpool, joined Barcelona from Las Palmas in August 2020 and quickly established himself as a starter in midfield.

He played 53 times last season – the most appearances of anyone at the club.

Newcastle are understood to be in regular contact with the agents of Chelsea striker Timo Werner.

Werner has struggled to cement a place in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI since joining from RB Leipzig, and with Romelu Lukaku returning to Stamford Bridge this summer, the German forward has fallen even further down the pecking order.

Liverpool are interested in forward Joao Felix according to reports in Spain with Atletico Madrid potentially having to take a loss of more than £50m on a player they spent £113m on in 2019.

Felix has struggled to earn himself a regular starting spot in Diego Simeone’s side, having started just one La Liga game this season.

Phil Foden is set to sign a new six-year contract with Manchester City which will earn him almost £50m.

The England midfielder has become a staple in Pep Guardiola’s strongest City side, improving with each match, and the blue side of Manchester are keen to tie him down for as long as possible.

Italian club Venezia have announced the signing of former Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero on a free transfer.

The Argentine, who spent six seasons at Old Trafford, has been a free agent since leaving United at the end of last season.

Lorenzo Insigne is out of contract with Napoli next summer and Manchester United are reportedly interesting in snapping up the Italian wide man.

Inter Milan have also been tracking the progress of Insigne, and are prepared to do battle to land his insigne-ature.

Andreas Christensen has reportedly agreed a new deal to stay at Chelsea which will see him nearly double his wages.

The Chelsea defender is out of contract at the end of the season, and the Blues are looking to tie down the Dane.

Manchester United have reportedly already reached a ‘mutual transfer agreement’ to sign Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund next summer.

The 21-year-old Norwegian is the most wanted striker in world football, with a £75m release clause set to become active at the end of the season.

Haaland has already scored 46 Bundesliga goals since joining Dortmund from RB Salzburg in January 2020.

Steve Bruce is expected to be sacked before Newcastle’s first match under its new ownership against Tottenham on Sunday.

The Magpies boss is 1/10 to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post, with speculation rife since a Saudi-led takeover was completed last week.

It is thought Bruce will lead training on Monday, but that could be his final act as boss.

Arsenal are considering a shock move for former midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The England international, 28, joined Liverpool for £28m in 2017 and made an excellent start to his career at Anfield before suffering a serious injury late in his opening season.

Since recovering, he has struggled for game-time, and is expected to leave in one of the next two windows. Now Arsenal looks like a realistic destination, having been identified by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta as a potential cut-price signing.

James Tarkowski is likely to become one of the first signings of an exciting new era at Newcastle with the Burnley defender understood to be keen on the move.

That’s according to the Sunday Telegraph, with the club expected to spend big following a successful takeover last week.

The centre-back has one goal (1.49 xG) on his tally this season from a total of seven shots.

Paul Pogba dropped a hint after France’s 3-2 victory over Belgium in the Nations League as to where his future might lie.

The Manchester United midfielder’s contract runs out next summer and Pogba was asked about a potential return to Juventus.

“I always speak to my former Juventus team-mates, like Paulo [Dybala],” he said. “I’m in Manchester, I’ve still got a contract there for a year and then we’ll see.

“I want to finish well there in Manchester, then we’ll see what happens.”

Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio is attracting Liverpool’s interest, according to some reports.

The Spain international is thought to be unhappy with the role he is playing under Carlo Ancelotti at the Bernabeu, which has piqued the interest of those on Merseyside.

Liverpool have been linked with Asensio several times in the past, most recently this summer.

Jesse Lingard admits he needs “regular football” if he is to achieve his ambition of playing for England at the 2022 World Cup.

The Manchester United forward has played just 45 minutes of Premier League football so far this season, coming off the bench on three occasions.

A fine spell on loan at West Ham last term saw Lingard included in the preliminary squad for Euro 2020 but he would ultimately not make the cut.

“Obviously, the World Cup is a long way away but… you need regular football,” he said.

“It’s one of those things I’m going through at the moment but I think on recent performances hopefully we’ll see a change in the next few weeks.”

Aaron Ramsey admits Wales’ training methods suit him better and suggested Juventus need to take a different approach for him to play more games.

Ramsey has had a frustrating injury-hit time at Juventus since moving to Turin from Arsenal in the summer of 2019.

The 30-year-old has started only 25 league games for the Serie A giants and only once this season with the midfielder troubled by muscle fatigue.

“The training philosophy and methods are different in my club from here,” said Ramsey, who takes over the Wales captaincy from the injured Gareth Bale for Friday’s World Cup qualifier against the Czech Republic in Prague.

“There are a lot of people here who have a number of years of managing me. So they know how to get the best out of me and allow me to play a lot of games in a row, like I showed in the Euros.

“I’m capable of doing that and producing good performances. I’m feeling good, ready to go.”

Watford complete the signing of Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou on a deal until the end of the 2021/22 season.

The centre back left Torino on a free transfer after a four year stint with the Italian club, and bolsters the defensive options available to Claudio Ranieri.

Jack Wilshere is training with Arsenal as his former club support him with his future in the game.

The 29-year-old has been a free agent since his deal at Bournemouth expired at the end of last season. He spent a short time last month training with Serie B outfit Como having spoken about his lack of offers and the impact it was having on his mental health.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was then asked if Wilshere would be welcome back to the club to train, replying “the door is always open”.

Now Wilshere, who played 197 games for Arsenal over 10 years, is training predominantly with the under-23s at the club’s London Colney training centre.

Gareth Bale has been told he can leave Real Madrid, according to reports in Spain. Bale has played three times in La Liga this season, scoring once, but is currently sidelined with a ‘significant hamstring injury’.

Bale is not the only Madrid superstar apparently on his way out however, with manager Carlo Ancelotti also telling Marcelo, Mariano Diaz and Luka Jovic they can leave the club.

Kylian Mbappe has surprisingly entered talks over a new deal with Paris Saint-Germain, according to his mother.

The French superstar has been heavily linked with Real Madrid in recent months, but the 22 year old has not let it distract from his game, scoring four and laying on a further three goals in Ligue 1 already this season.

Maxime Biamou has signed for Dundee United until the end of the season.

The 30-year-old Frenchman joins the Tayside club after leaving Coventry with the deal subject to international clearance.

Biamou was at Coventry for four years where he helped the Sky Blues become League One Champions in 2019/20 – only a year after helping them secure promotion from League Two.

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly keen on signing PSG forward Mauro Icardi, after the Argentinian made clear his frustration over lack of game time.

Given the arrival of Lionel Messi, as well as Neymar and Kylian Mbappe both still being at the club, Icardi is struggling to cement a place in the starting XI, though he has scored three goals in four starts for the Parisians this season.

Icardi however, will reportedly only consider the move if Harry Kane makes his move to Manchester City.

Antonio Rudiger’s Chelsea future is in serious doubt after he was reportedly left “disappointed” by the latest offer tabled by the Champions League holders, leading to his representatives pausing negotiations.

The 28-year-old German defender, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has become a key member of Thomas Tuchel’s side after falling out of favour in the latter stages of Frank Lampard’s reign.

He came close to joining Tottenham in the summer of 2020 and is now being linked with both Spurs and a move back to his homeland to join Bayern Munich when his Chelsea contract expires.

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