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LA Galaxy midfielder Steven Gerrard, 35, could return to Liverpool – perhaps as a player – after discussions with manager Jurgen Klopp.
Monaco have had a £35m bid for Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho rejected by Blues owner Roman Abramovich, who could be interested were the offer doubled.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was spotted questioning forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 30, about
a recent interview
in which he suggested he could leave the club as the Portugal international arrived at the Bernabeu for Tuesday’s Champions League match against Paris St-Germain.
The agent of Napoli midfielder Jorginho has said that it would take an “irrefutable” offer from Arsenal for the 23-year-old to consider moving in January after the Gunners sent a scout to watch him.
(Radio Crc, via Football Italia)
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who manages Qatari side Al-Arabi after spells with Watford and West Ham, says that he has a dream of returning to Stamford Bridge as a manager.
Arsenal will not give new contracts to midfielders Tomas Rosicky, 35, Mathieu Flamini, 31, and Mikel Arteta, 33 when their deals expire at the end of the season.
Former Gunners midfielder Patrick Vieira, 39, is in contention to take over as New York City head coach, after the MLS side sacked Jason Kreis.
Leicester have been watching Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik, 21. The Poland international would cost about £10m.
Tottenham winger Andros Townsend, 24, could leave in January after a disagreement with the club’s fitness coach.
Everton will not consider selling 28-year-old Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas, who has made seven appearances for the Toffees this season.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has recalled several of the club’s on-loan players – including 18-year-old winger Ryan Kent, who has been at Coventry – to assess them over the international break.
Watford striker Troy Deeney, 27, joked he would “happily” tell free agent Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, to “go somewhere else please” after being told the former Tottenham forward had been linked with the Hornets.
(Talksport, via Watford Observer)
Aston Villa’s new manager Remi Garde is likely to be reunited with former assistant Robert Duverne after Metz gave permission for Duverne to leave.
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Newcastle could move for Crystal Palace goalkeeper Julian Speroni, 36, but the Eagles may not be keen to let the Argentine leave.
(South London Press)
The Magpies have 12 players out injured, the most of any club in the Premier League.
After shelving contract talks with senior players until Sunderland secure their Premier League status, boss Sam Allardyce wants to finalise a new deal with 21-year-old striker Duncan Watmore.
MLS side Montreal Impact have denied reports that former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, 37, is set to return to Europe with a loan spell at Italian side Bologna.
New Swindon boss Martin Ling says his mental illness put clubs off appointing him during his spell out of the game after being sacked at Torquay in 2013.
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Gary Lineker got the crisps in for Rio Ferdinand, Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves as the three worked on BT Sport’s coverage of the Champions League on Tuesday. “I’m seldom this generous,”
he wrote on Instagram.
Injured Manchester City full-back
Pablo Zabaleta was pleased
with his side’s qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Gary Neville and Robbie Savage were among the former footballers to share an emotional blog from
Telegraph sports writer Paul Hayward,
who says a goal from Lionel Messi earlier this year helped him feel as though his cancer had “fallen away”.
Tottenham striker Harry Kane’s late goal in the Premier League win over Aston Villa on Monday earned his cousin Joe £5,000 from a winning bet.
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