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Jose Mourinho has ordered his Manchester United team in for training at 4.30 in the afternoon on Christmas Day. (Sun)

The Portuguese manager may be targeting Paris St-Germain’s Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 29, as a long-term replacement for veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic. (Daily Express)

PSG may move for Real Madrid’s Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 25, as they seek to make a statement signing in the summer. (Corriere Dello Sport – in Italian)

England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has not held talks with Arsenal about extending his contract, despite Arsene Wenger saying that negotiations had begun with the 23-year-old, who has 18 months left on his current deal. (Daily Mirror)

England manager Gareth Southgate could persuade Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn, 17, to switch national allegiance from Wales, after coach Geraint Williams left the Welsh youth set-up. (Sun)

Pep Guardiola will be given a £20m budget to replace 31-year-old France left-back Gael Clichy in January, after Manchester City’s recent defensive problems. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool defender and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher told current Reds goalkeeper Loris Karius “to shut up and get on with his job”, after the German criticised Carragher’s colleague Gary Neville in an interview. (Sky Sports)

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Antonio Conte’s reaction to the threat of a points deduction for his team dominates Monday’s back pages

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is hopeful of making on-loan Porto defender Bruno Martins Indi a permanent member of his squad, describing the Dutch 24-year-old as “a great guy”. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche is not concerned about January transfer bids for his top players, despite rumoured interest in individuals such as centre-back Michael Keane, 23. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Aston Villa could attempt to sign Arsenal and England right-back Carl Jenkinson, 24, on loan. (Birmingham Mail)

Rumoured Liverpool target Aaron Cresswell, 26, was pictured touching the Anfield sign as he walked on to the pitch against them for West Ham on Sunday. (Metro)

Former referee Keith Hackett believes the time has come for retrospective punishment for divers, after Hull’s Robert Snodgrass apologised for winning a penalty against Crystal Palace. (Daily Telegraph)

Justin Kluivert, son of former Barcelona and Netherlands striker Patrick, has been called up to the Ajax senior squad at 17. (Daily Mail)

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The sight of former Italy international and New York City midfielder Andrea Pirlo at Stamford Bridge had Chelsea fans hoping for an unlikely transfer switch.

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The Portuguese top-flight match between Benfica and Sporting Lisbon proved popular among the scouting teams of an eclectic mix of European clubs.

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was joined in the kitchen by some of his Arsenal team-mates as they got cooking for charity.

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Antonio Valencia won Manchester United’s player of the month award for November – but the Old Trafford club didn’t exactly stretch the budget to buy him a trophy. (Daily Mail)


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