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Transfer gossip: Mertens, Draxler, Gomes, Jesus, Costa, Pochettino

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Chelsea are leading Liverpool, Tottenham, Southampton, Manchester City and Manchester United in the hunt for Elye Wahi, 14, who is already scoring goals for Caen’s under-17 side and comes from Courcouronnes, the same Paris suburb as Blues midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Sun) Arsenal were keen to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens, 30, this summer and the Gunners could try to sign him again, taking advantage of a 30m euro (£26.5m) release clause in his contract. (Calciomercato) The odds on Paris St-Germain winger Julian Draxler,…

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Pep Guardiola: Manchester City boss says Carabao Cup is a ‘waste of energy’

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure was also handed his first minutes of the season on Wednesday night Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has questioned the worth of the Carabao Cup, calling the competition a “waste of energy” for his side. Guardiola’s views echo those expressed by Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho, who said some clubs could be better off without the League Cup. City manager made eight changes for Wednesday’s 2-1 win at West Brom. “The prize is good when you win another one, but you waste a lot of…

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Mark Sampson: I’d like to see a female coach, says Kelly Smith

Sampson was appointed as England women’s manager in December 2013 The England women’s new coach should be female, says the national team’s record goalscorer Kelly Smith. Mark Sampson, 34, was sacked on Wednesday after evidence emerged of “inappropriate and unacceptable” behaviour in a previous role. “I think they’ll take their time on getting the right person, they can’t be hasty,” said Smith, who has ruled herself out of contention for the role. “I’d like to see a female take over, but we’ll have to see what happens.” Smith, who was…

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Romelu Lukaku: Striker says it is time to ‘move on’ from controversial chant

Romelu Lukaku has scored in all but one of his nine games for club and country this season Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku says he wants the club’s fans to “move on” from their controversial chant about him. Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out have described the lyrics, about the size of the 24-year-old’s penis, as “offensive and discriminatory”. “Great backing since I joined #MUFC,” Lukaku was quoted as saying on United’s official Twitter account. “Fans have meant well with their songs but let’s move on together.” The tweet ends: “#RespectEachOther”….

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Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool’s problems aren’t that bad

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes his team has the right characters to improve their results Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists their problems are being exaggerated as he plans to revive a frustrating week. After a draw with Burnley last weekend Liverpool lost in the Carabao Cup to Leicester – who they face again in the Premier League this weekend. Liverpool have conceded first in their last four games and struggled to convert their chances. But Klopp said: “It sounds like we have no points and are completely the worst team…

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Santos fans locked inside stadium during violence after Copa Libertadores loss

Barcelona players celebrate after their win over the Brazilian giants Santos fans were locked inside their own stadium for 20 minutes following violence from supporters after their elimination from the Copa Libertadores. Fans of the Brazilian club battled outside the Vila Belmiro ground after Ecuadorean side Barcelona’s 1-0 win, forcing police to lock the gates. TV station Globo said supporters inside the stadium tried to get into the Santos dressing room. Barcelona won the two-legged tie 2-1 after last week’s 1-1 draw in Ecuador. Jonatan Alvez scored the crucial goal…

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Real Madrid 0-1 Real Betis

Antonio Sanabria has won eight caps for Paraguay Antonio Sanabria scored a 94th-minute winner as Real Betis shocked Real Madrid to win at the Bernabeu in La Liga for the first time in 19 years. The 21-year-old dived onto Antonio Barragan’s cross to head past Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Zinedine Zidane’s side dominated for large spells, but Cristiano Ronaldo was among the home players to waste chances as Real produced 27 efforts on goal. It leaves the European champions seven points adrift of leaders Barcelona. Ronaldo, returning from a…

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Mark Sampson set to leave as England women’s manager

I’m not a racist – Sampson Mark Sampson is set to leave his role as England women’s manager after fresh misconduct allegations were made. It comes after his side beat Russia 6-0 in a World Cup qualifier on Tuesday. The 34-year-old took over in 2013 and led England to successive semi-finals at major tournaments. He was accused of discrimination by Chelsea forward Eniola Aluko but has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies the allegations. The exact reason for his exit remains unclear but the FA is…

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Transfer gossip: Gabriel Jesus, Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Antoine Griezmann

For completed deals, check our transfers page. Neymar, 25, has demanded Paris St-Germain sell fellow forward Edinson Cavani, 30, after their on-pitch dispute on Saturday. (Sport via Daily Mail) Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus is set for a new deal, with the club preparing to double the 20-year-old’s wages to £150,000 a week. (Daily Mirror) Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants to sign Arsenal striker Alexis Sanchez, 28. The Chilean also interests Manchester City. (Sun) Barcelona failed with a £124m move for Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann, 26, in the…

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Huddersfield Town

Souare’s last appearance for Crystal Palace was in August 2016 in a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth Manager Roy Hodgson said there would be no quick fix at Crystal Palace, after his side beat Huddersfield Town 1-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup. Bakary Sako headed the only goal to give Hodgson the first win of his tenure, in his second match in charge. However, Palace remain without a win or a goal from five Premier League games. “The players will understand, like the fans do, that you don’t…

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