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Mourinho respects Pogba’s ‘professionalism’ amid reports of row

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said Friday he respects Paul Pogba’s “professionalism” following reports of a heated training ground row with the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder.

Mourinho last week dismissed as “lies” any talk of the Frenchman wanting to leave Old Trafford less than two years after he returned to the club from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89 million ($124 million).

Mourinho respects Pogba’s ‘professionalism’ amid reports of row

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Manchester (United Kingdom) (AFP) – Jose Mourinho said Friday he respects Paul Pogba’s “professionalism” following reports of a heated training ground row with the out-of-favour Manchester United midfielder.

Mourinho last week dismissed as “lies” any talk of the Frenchman wanting to leave Old Trafford less than two years after he returned to the club from Juventus for a then world-record fee of £89 million ($124 million).

Conte won’t be sacked for now – reports

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte won’t be sacked as Chelsea manager in the short term at least after being granted a stay of execution by Roman Abramovich, according to reports on Tuesday.

Conte’s future with the troubled Premier League champions was cast into doubt on Monday after a dismal 4-1 defeat against Watford.

Conte won’t be sacked for now – reports

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London (AFP) – Antonio Conte won’t be sacked as Chelsea manager in the short term at least after being granted a stay of execution by Roman Abramovich, according to reports on Tuesday.

Conte’s future with the troubled Premier League champions was cast into doubt on Monday after a dismal 4-1 defeat against Watford.

Aubameyang close to Arsenal move – reports

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London (AFP) – Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is closing on a switch from Borussia Dortmund to Arsenal as Arsene Wenger looks to boost his forward options, reports in Germany and Britain said on Monday.

German magazine Kicker reported the clubs had agreed on a 63-million-euro ($78 million, £55 million) fee for the player and that as part of the deal Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud could move to Germany on loan until the end of the season.

PSG outcast Lucas set for Tottenham escape – reports

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London (AFP) – Out of favour Brazilian Lucas Moura is set to secure a move to Tottenham Hotspur from French giants Paris Saint Germain, British media reported on Saturday.

The 25-year-old winger - capped 34 times - expressed his sadness to French sports daily L’Equipe earlier this week at being frozen out by PSG as his compatriot Neymar’s arrival from Barcelona has seen him fall down the pecking order.

PSG outcast Lucas set for Tottenham escape – reports

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London (AFP) – Out of favour Brazilian Lucas Moura is set to secure a move to Tottenham Hotspur from French giants Paris Saint Germain, British media reported on Saturday.

The 25-year-old winger - capped 34 times - expressed his sadness to French sports daily L’Equipe earlier this week at being frozen out by PSG as his compatriot Neymar’s arrival from Barcelona has seen him fall down the pecking order.

Lassana Diarra set for PSG move – reports

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Lassana Diarra is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with footage of him leaving a hospital in the French capital following earlier reports that a deal was imminent.

Le Parisien tweeted a short clip of Diarra, 32, leaving the city’s American hospital while wearing a black hooded top and getting into the back of a car.

Lassana Diarra set for PSG move – reports

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Paris (AFP) – France midfielder Lassana Diarra is on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, with footage of him leaving a hospital in the French capital following earlier reports that a deal was imminent.

Le Parisien tweeted a short clip of Diarra, 32, leaving the city’s American hospital while wearing a black hooded top and getting into the back of a car.

Sanchez would become Manchester United’s highest-paid player – reports

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has agreed to personal terms on a contract that will make him Manchester United’s highest-paid player on yearly wages of £14 million ($19 million) after tax, according to reports on Wednesday.

Sanchez is reportedly on the verge of joining United after Jose Mourinho’s side made a blockbuster offer that eclipsed the interest from Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Sanchez would become Manchester United’s highest-paid player – reports

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London (AFP) – Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez has agreed to personal terms on a contract that will make him Manchester United’s highest-paid player on yearly wages of £14 million ($19 million) after tax, according to reports on Wednesday.

Sanchez is reportedly on the verge of joining United after Jose Mourinho’s side made a blockbuster offer that eclipsed the interest from Premier League leaders Manchester City.

Newcastle takeover bid collapses – reports

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London (AFP) – Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley, according to reports.

Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale in October and had been engaged through his representatives with Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners in a bid to thrash out a deal for the club he has owned for more than a decade.

Newcastle takeover bid collapses – reports

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London (AFP) – Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has ended takeover talks with prospective buyer Amanda Staveley, according to reports.

Ashley put the Premier League club up for sale in October and had been engaged through his representatives with Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners in a bid to thrash out a deal for the club he has owned for more than a decade.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Teen star Gonzalez selects Mexico over USA – reports

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Los Angeles (AFP) – Jonathan Gonzalez, a teen midfielder for Mexican side Monterrey, has opted to play international football for Mexico over the United States, according to reports Monday.

Univision and ESPN, citing unnamed sources, reported that Gonzalez will represent El Tri after playing for the United States at youth level.

Aubameyang extends Dortmund deal to 2021 – reports

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s prolific Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has extended his contract with the club until 2021, German media reported on Sunday.

The 28-year-old finished as the leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals, one ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and he has netted 13 times in 15 matches this term.

Aubameyang extends Dortmund deal to 2021 – reports

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Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund’s prolific Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has extended his contract with the club until 2021, German media reported on Sunday.

The 28-year-old finished as the leading scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals, one ahead of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and he has netted 13 times in 15 matches this term.

Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare – reports

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London (AFP) – Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported.

Shakespeare, 53, replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February and was handed a three-year contract in June.

Leicester sack manager Craig Shakespeare – reports

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London (AFP) – Leicester City sacked manager Craig Shakespeare on Tuesday after just four months in charge of the former Premier League champions, British media reported.

Shakespeare, 53, replaced Claudio Ranieri on a caretaker basis in February and was handed a three-year contract in June.

Australia unity call as dates set for World Cup play-off

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Sydney (AFP) – Australian football chiefs called for unity as the dates were confirmed for their World Cup play-off against Honduras, with the team rattled by reports coach Ange Postecoglou could quit.

A brace from veteran striker Tim Cahill in a 2-1 win over Syria last week moved the Socceroos a step closer to a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

Australia unity call as dates set for World Cup play-off

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Sydney (AFP) – Australian football chiefs called for unity as the dates were confirmed for their World Cup play-off against Honduras, with the team rattled by reports coach Ange Postecoglou could quit.

A brace from veteran striker Tim Cahill in a 2-1 win over Syria last week moved the Socceroos a step closer to a place at the 2018 Russia tournament.

Scholes interviewed for Oldham manager job – reports

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London (AFP) – Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has been interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at English third-tier club Oldham Athletic, British media reported on Wednesday.

The 42-year-old is a life-long Oldham supporter, but has never held a full-time coaching job.

The northwest club declined to comment on the reports they had spoken to the former England midfielder about the job.

Socceroos coach ready to quit, reports say

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is set to sensationally quit, regardless of whether the Socceroos qualify for next year’s World Cup, reports said on Thursday.

Football Federation Australia was due to comment later on the reports, which come after Australia beat Syria in extra time on Wednesday to reach an intercontinental play-off for Russia 2018.

Socceroos coach ready to quit, reports say

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Sydney (AFP) – Australia coach Ange Postecoglou is set to sensationally quit, regardless of whether the Socceroos qualify for next year’s World Cup, reports said on Thursday.

Football Federation Australia was due to comment later on the reports, which come after Australia beat Syria in extra time on Wednesday to reach an intercontinental play-off for Russia 2018.

Wayne Rooney arrested on suspicion of drink-driving – reports

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London (AFP) – Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, the BBC and Sky Sports reported Friday.

The BBC said Rooney was stopped by police near his home in Cheshire, northwest England, on Thursday night.

England’s all-time record goal-scorer, the 31-year-old Rooney announced his retirement from international football last week, having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country.

Liverpool agree deal for Oxlade-Chamberlain – reports

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London (AFP) – Liverpool have agreed a £35 million ($46 million, 38 million euros) deal with Arsenal to sign England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, according to reports on Wednesday.

Oxlade-Chamberlain appeared set to join Chelsea earlier this week after the Premier League champions had a bid accepted for the 24-year-old.

Manchester United set to seal Matic swoop: reports

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London (AFP) – Manchester United are on the verge of signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a £40 million ($55 million) deal, according to reports on Sunday.

United manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to take Matic from his former club for over a year and it appears the deal is finally set to go through.

United set to seal Matic swoop — reports

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London (AFP) – Manchester United are on the verge of signing Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic from Chelsea in a £40 million ($55 million) deal, according to reports on Sunday.

United manager Jose Mourinho has been keen to take Matic from his former club for over a year and it appears the deal is finally set to go through.

Wenger to extend Arsenal reign – reports

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

Wenger to extend Arsenal reign – reports

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London (AFP) – Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke he will accept the Premier League club’s offer of a new two-year contract, according to reports on Tuesday.

Wenger met Gunners majority shareholder Kroenke and chief executive Ivan Gazidis on Monday to discuss his future before his contract expires next month.

Transfers & Rumours

Reports: Alexis Sanchez Left Out Of Arsenal Matchday Squad, Man Utd Now Favourites To Seal Deal After Lumping Henrikh Mkhitaryan Into Equation

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Alexis Sanchez has been omitted from the Arsenal squad for today's trip to Bournemouth amid reports a transfer to Manchester United, not City, is now imminent.

Forget diplomatic groin strains, Sanchez trained yesterday, this is purely because a transfer is imminent.

Reports: Leicester City Poised To Appoint Claude Puel As New Manager ‘Within Next 48 Hours’

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If whispers on the wind are to be believe, then Leicester City are within a day or so of appointing a successor to Craig Shakespeare.

The man(ager) in their sights is reported to be one Claude Puel, the charisma-less Frenchman who just sort of came and went at Southampton a while ago.

Reports: Crystal Palace In Contact With Free Agent Carlton Cole After Losing Christian Benteke To Knee Ligament Injury

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Roy Hodgson's soul-sapping start to life as Crystal Palace's new manager has plumbed a new depth today with news that, having lost their sole remaining striker to injury, the club are mulling over the prospect of signingCarlton Cole.

Having lost Christian Benteke to a knee ligament injury last week, Hodgson currently doesn't have a single recognised senior striker at his disposal with Connor Wickham already ruled out until January and, well.

English Premier League

Friday Kickoff: No Man United offer for Ozil, Donnarumma defends himself and more

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While one Premier League star continues to be linked with a major move, a young Italian star defended himself after recent reports earned the fans' wrath.

Arsene Wenger says Manchester United has yet to approach Arsenal to sign Mesut Ozil. (REPORT)

Gianluigi Donnarumma has denied reports that he's asked to end his AC Milan deal after banners from the club's fans reduced him to tears on Wednesday.

Chelsea star reacts to reports he is about to come out as gay

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Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi has posted on social media in response to claims he is about to become the Premier League's first openly gay...

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Real Madrid to make a shock move for Chelsea's midfield sensation?

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According to various reports in the media, Zinedine Zidane has asked the Real Madrid President Florentino Perez to sign N'Golo Kante this summer.

I have to admit that I am concerned by this because just look at the impact Kante has made in the Premier League over the last two seasons.

The Rest

Asian Report – Amanda Staveley Agrees To Buy Newcastle For £300M

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There are reports in Asia today that Amanda Staveley has agreed on a price for Newcastle United and certainly as we have reported before that would be the next news coming out [...]

Nos Audietis, Episode 260: VAR you entertained?

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We've got some thoughts on how video replay is being used.

It's been far too long since the Seattle Sounders last won a match and the fanbase is growing a bit restless. But that's not the only reason. There have been growing reports of stadium staff possibly overstepping some of their directives, further enflaming passions.

Derlis Gonzalez heading to Sounders, according to Paraguay media

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Assuming reports are accurate, this would be quite the signing.

Reports of the Derlis Gonzalez rumors' demise have been greatly exaggerated, it would appear. A couple weeks after the Seattle Sounders reportedly walked away from the negotiating table over Dynamo Kiev's transfer fee demands, reports are now surfacing throughout Paraguayan media that the move is very much back on.

Have Bayern really given up on signing Arsenal star Alexis?

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Some big reports which will please Arsenal fans have emerged last night and into this morning, surrounding the Alexis Sanchez situation. The Chilean is on the edge at Arsenal, seemingly undecided as to whether he will stay in North London or not next season. The general feeling is that he will leave the club during [.