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Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix.

Aston Villa are in advanced talks with Real Betis over a £12m deal for Alex Moreno, as Unai Emery targets January signings.

Roberto Martinez is a contender for the Portugal national team job and may need to make a decision over staying in international football or returning to club management.

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

Arsenal will not be drawn into a bidding war with Chelsea in the battle for Mykhailo Mudryk and will refuse to pay over the odds for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger.

Chelsea’s owners remain confident Graham Potter will turn around the club’s season and believe their crippling injury crisis is largely to blame for the run that has seen the team win just one of their last eight Premier League games and drop to 10th in the table.

Aston Villa are set to sign England midfielder Lucy Staniforth from Manchester United.

The Rugby Football Union hopes that a woman could be in contention to be appointed head coach of the England men’s team within the next decade.

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The FA will investigate after a homophobic chant was heard at Old Trafford during Manchester United’s FA Cup third-round win over Everton.


Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Borussia Monchengladbach forward Marcus Thuram.

Thierry Henry has reportedly told Belgium that he wants to become the national team’s head coach after serving as an assistant to Roberto Martinez.

Barcelona have ruled themselves out of a move for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva, as they refuse to stump up his £70.8m price tag.

Jude Bellingham has reportedly held talks with Borussia Dortmund over his next move amid interest from Real Madrid and a clutch of Premier League clubs in the England star.

England's Jude Bellingham applauds the fans at the end of the World Cup round of 16 soccer match between England and Senegal, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. England won 3- 0.  (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Chelsea want reassurances that Mykhailo Mudryk wishes to join them before entering into an auction with Arsenal for the Shakhtar Donetsk winger.

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri has held talks with Qatar Airways about a potential naming rights deal for the club’s new stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Chelsea have asked about Spain’s RB Leipzig winger Dani Olmo.

The Government has told the Premier League and EFL that it will not intervene in their negotiations over a new financial settlement despite Downing Street plans to introduce a football regulator.

Millwall are attracting interest from several American buyers, although none of the potential new owners appear willing to meet chairman John Berylson’s asking price.

Tottenham have reduced the number of former players employed to entertain their corporate guests on matchdays, with club legend Paul Miller one of the casualties.

Bayern Munich’s Moroccan defender Noussair Mazraoui will take some time away from football after being diagnosed with an inflammation of heart tissue after contracting Covid-19.


Trusts holding billions of dollars of assets for Roman Abramovich were amended to transfer beneficial ownership to his children shortly before sanctions were imposed on the Russian oligarch.

Eddie Jones says he is “getting to the stage of talking contracts” on a new job and will decide his future “in the next couple of weeks”.


N’Golo Kante is set to sign new Chelsea contract.

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has lauded the qualities of England’s Jude Bellingham but added he’s happy to stick with the talented young midfielders already at the club.

The Premier League’s investigation into alleged rule breaches by Manchester City has entered its fifth year with senior football figures believing the delay is an increasingly bad look for the English game.

The FA’s chairwoman, Debbie Hewitt, has made a late decision to challenge Northern Ireland’s David Martin for the British Fifa vice-presidency.

The European Super League rebels are refusing to go down without a fight despite an European Court of Justice (ECJ) setback against Uefa.

Rangers defender Borna Barisic has taken inspiration from Luka Modric as he intends to emulate his Croatian international team-mate by playing at a high level for several more years into his late 30s.

Owen Farrell faces an anxious wait to see if he will be cited and potentially banned – with the start of the Six Nations only four weeks away – for a high challenge during Saracens’ narrow Gallagher Premiership win away to Gloucester last night in which his last- minute drop goal won the match for the visitors.


Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Galatasaray’s Sacha Boey should a Selhurst Park return not materialize for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Tottenham’s Heung-min Son has revealed he loses sight of the ball while playing in a protective mask, but says he is still wearing it due to concern from his parents.

Heung-Min Son looks dejected as Harry Kane walks by following Tottenham's defeat to Aston Villa
Heung-Min Son looks dejected as Harry Kane walks by following Tottenham’s defeat to Aston Villa


Manchester United have made a loan offer to sign Al Nassr striker Vincent Aboubakar, according to reports.

Chelsea are still keen on a Josko Gvardiol transfer but face competition from Tottenham for £88m-rated defender.

Manchester City are reportedly weighing up a move for Real Madrid ace Ferland Mendy.

Arsenal will wear a special all-white kit in the FA Cup on Monday as part of their ‘No More Red’ campaign to tackle knife crime.

Mykhailo Mudryk is split over joining Arsenal or Chelsea – triggering a fierce two-way battle between the Premier League giants.

Liverpool are reportedly concerned that Enzo Fernandez’s transfer to Chelsea could price them out of a move to land Jude Bellingham.


Manchester United could add £250m to their transfer budget – but it would require a mass exodus, including stars such as Jadon Sancho and Harry Maguire.

Besiktas want to end Dele Alli’s loan – but Everton don’t want him back, reports suggest.


Todd Boehly will not ax Graham Potter if he fails to deliver a top-four finish at Chelsea.

Chelsea manager Graham Potter during the Premier League match at the Amex Stadium, Brighton.
Chelsea manager Graham Potter

Manchester United fans aimed a homophobic chant at Frank Lampard during their side’s FA Cup clash against Everton.


Lewis Hamilton is tipped to spend another two years in F1 despite stalled contract talks.


Southampton will watch Daizen Maeda in the League Cup semi-final next week as they consider a transfer bid for another Celtic star, according to a report.

The Ardon Jashari-to-Celtic transfer talk has got louder after the FC Luzern captain employed a new agent with clubs circling.

Ferencvaros star Aissa Laidouni has left the door open for a winter move from the Hungarian champions amid links with Celtic.

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