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18.47

18.47

ICYMI: MAHREZ STILL ABSENT

Riyad Mahrez has missed Leicester training for a fourth time in a week since a proposed Deadline Day move to Manchester City failed to materialise, Sky sources understand.

The Algeria international has missed the Foxes’ last two Premier League matches and was absent as Claude Puel’s side returned to training at their Belvoir Drive complex after being given Monday off.

It remains unclear whether Mahrez has been given permission from the club to miss the latest session, or whether he is still refusing to attend and his availability for Saturday’s league fixture against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad, live on¬†Sky Sports Premier League, is in doubt.

15.18

MORE ON CONTE

Relations between Antonio Conte and the Chelsea board continue to be strained. As far back as the summer he complained openly he was not being backed in the transfer window.

We have also been told that reports of contact being made with two out-of-work managers – Carlo Ancelotti and Luis Enrique – are inaccurate.

Conte believes his squad lacks the resources to be able to make wholesale changes to his starting XI and has given his squad three days off ahead of Monday’s home match against West Brom.

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CHELSEA STICKING WITH CONTE

Chelsea¬†look set to stick with manager¬†Antonio Conte¬†for now ‚Äď and have not approached any potential candidates to replace him,¬†Sky Sports News¬†understands.

Whilst his future at Stamford Bridge beyond the summer looks bleak, we believe owner Roman Abramovich is against employing a short-term fix ahead of a busy few weeks with matches against the Manchester clubs and a two-legged Champions League tie with Barcelona.

It is understood Conte will be given time to turn Chelsea’s fortunes around after a difficult period, capped with defeats against Bournemouth and Watford.

MAHREZ MISSES TRAINING AGAIN

Sky Sports News understands Riyad Mahrez has again missed Leicester City training today, as his dispute with the club shows no sign of ending.

The whole of the Leicester squad was given yesterday off, but they returned to training today ‚Äď without their talismanic winger.

It means the Algeria international has missed four sessions and two matches as a result of his anger at failing to get a £60m move to Manchester City on Deadline Day.

It’s unclear whether Mahrez has been given permission from the club to miss this latest session, or whether he is still refusing to attend.

Manager Claude Puel said on Friday that the Algerian had been given some time off to clear his head, and they would re-integrate him into the squad when it’s appropriate.

WEST HAM DENY MOYES REPORTS

West Ham have denied newspaper reports that David Moyes is unlikely to remain at the club beyond the end of the season, regardless of whether or not he secures Premier League survival.

A statement insists a decision on Moyes’ future will only be made at the end of the current campaign and that the Scot, in the meantime, has the “full support” of the Hammers board.

A spokesman said: “The Club would like to place on record that it categorically refutes the claims made by the¬†Daily Telegraphregarding manager David Moyes.

“There is absolutely no truth whatsoever to this story. As previously stated on a number of occasions, the Club and David Moyes agreed a deal until the end of the 2017/18 season, at which point both parties will sit down and discuss the future.

“Until then, the Board and David Moyes will continue to work closely together with the Manager having full responsibility of footballing matters and the full support of the Board. Everyone‚Äôs sole focus is on trying to achieve results for West Ham United.”

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LIVERPOOL LAND COLOMBIAN TEEN

Liverpool have confirmed the arrival of young defender Anderson Arroyo from Colombian side Fortaleza CEIF.

The Reds say a deal was reached for the 18-year-old ‚Äď a Colombia U20 international ‚Äď during the January window but have sent him straight to Real Mallorca for an 18-month loan spell.

13.26

‚ÄėI CAN‚ÄôT WAIT TO GET STARTED‚Äô

Sky Sports News reporter Tim Thornton caught up with Paul Heckingbottom outside Elland Road and here’s what the new Leeds United boss had to say following his appointment.

‚ÄúI can‚Äôt wait to get started. It‚Äôs a big opportunity, a big club and something you work hard for, so I‚Äôm going to make the most of it,” he said.

“The size of the club is appealing. When I spoke to the owners they were really aligned in how I was thinking and how I like to work and that’s the reason why they thought I was the right man for the job because I’m aligned with how they want to work. That’ll be good for us going forward.

“I‚Äôm going to meet the players. We‚Äôll get out on the grass because there‚Äôs some big fixtures coming up, some that will define the season.”

BARNSLEY ‚ÄėTHOROUGHLY DISAPPOINTED‚Äô

Following Paul Heckingbottom’s appointment at Leeds United, his former club Barnsley have released the following statement.

“Barnsley Football Club are thoroughly disappointed to announce that Paul Heckingbottom has joined Leeds United.

“The Club are shocked at Paul Heckingbottom’s desire to leave, having agreed a new contract last week following the completion of the January transfer window, where the Board of Directors worked tirelessly along with Paul to secure their targets, resulting in a successful window.

“This left the Club optimistic in a turnaround in form and a strong end to the 2017/18 campaign as we battle to retain our position in the league.

‚ÄúThe Club want to place on record their thanks and best wishes to Paul Heckingbottom and his coaching team. Having taken on the role of Head Coach in February 2016, he has guided his home town Club to promotion, a Johnstone‚Äôs Paint Trophy victory and the highest Sky Bet Championship finish in 20 years.‚ÄĚ

DIAZ: NO REAL BUY-BACK CLAUSE

Lyon striker Mariano Diaz insists Real Madrid have no buy-back clause for him.

The former Madrid striker has been linked with a return to the Bernabeu after scoring 16 goals for Lyon this season, but he told AS: “There isn’t a buyback clause.

“I know that Madrid have a clause that will give them a percentage of my next transfer, but I’m completely a Lyon player.

‚ÄúI signed a five-year contract with Lyon. I‚Äôm only thinking of this club and I‚Äôm very happy.‚ÄĚ

10.52

REDS MELO BLOW

Liverpool‘s hopes of signing¬†Arthur Melo¬†this summer have stalled, according to¬†The Sun.

Brazilian club Gremio insisted the 21-year-old midfielder will not be sold before December.

HECKINGBOTTOM IN LEEDS TALKS

Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom is expected to be appointed as the manager of Championship rivals Leeds United within the next 24 hours.

PSG MOVE FOR MORATA?

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata has emerged as a summer target for Paris Saint-Germain, reports the Daily Mirror.

Reports in France claim the Ligue 1 leaders are preparing a shock swoop for the Spain international, who has impressed in patches after his switch to Stamford Bridge from Real Madrid last year.

HART ON HAND FOR CHELSEA?

Joe Hart is being lined up as a potential replacement for Chelseagoalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to The Sun.

The champions fear Courtois, who has one season left on his current deal, will see out his contract or get snapped up by Real Madrid.

And the Sun claim England international Hart is in the frame to step into the void left by Courtois after his season-long loan at West Ham ends.

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NICOLAI TO NEWCASTLE?

Newcastle are set to revive their interest in Denmark international Nicolai Jorgensen in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

Jorgensen is said to be a target for Rafa Benitez to help bolster his attacking options, but the Magpies failed to match¬†Feyenoord‘s ¬£20m valuation in January and instead signed Leicester striker Islam Slimani on loan until the end of the season.

However, Benitez still sees Jorgensen as a long-term solution to Newcastle’s goal-scoring problems and will renew his interest in the summer.

‚ÄėKANE NEEDS TROPHIES‚Äô

Wayne Rooney made his¬†Sky Sports¬†debut on¬†Monday Night Footballlast night and the former England captained warned that Europe‚Äôs best striker ‚ÄstHarry Kane¬†‚Äď may have to leave¬†Tottenham¬†to win the trophies he needs to be considered one of the game‚Äôs very best.

RAMSEY MORE EXPENSIVE?

Arsenal are looking to tie down Aaron Ramsey to a new deal, but it could cost them more after the Mesut Ozil contract, the Daily Mirror reports.

The Gunners are keen to keep the midfielder, who is in top form and has 18 months left on his current arrangement.

But Arsene Wenger has already admitted other players will want parity with the £350,000-a-week three-year deal for Ozil.

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RISE AND SHINE!

Good morning and welcome to Tuesday on the Transfer Centre! Stay tuned for the latest news, rumours and everything in between as the dust continues to settle after the January window, new signings adjust to new surroundings and clubs set their sights on the summer window.

16.59

REGIONAL PAPER TALK

All the latest from today’s regionals…

  • Justin Kluivert insists a move to Manchester United ‘wouldn’t make sense for now’ amid speculation he could leave Ajax. (Manchester Evening News)
  • German publication¬†Bild¬†have reported Liverpool target Leon Bailey will not be sold for anything less than ¬£44m this summer. (Liverpool Echo)
  • Newcastle’s January striker target Nicolai Jorgensen has suggested he is open to a summer move to the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)
  • Melbourne City wanted to keep Ross McCormack longer – but couldn’t reach an agreement with Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

16.59

KLUIVERT COOLS UNITED LINK

Ajax‘s 18-year-old striker¬†Justin Kluivert¬†says he is not interested in a move to¬†Manchester United. However, he admits his future might be up for discussion in a few years’ time.

“The chances of me leaving are slim,” Kluivert told¬†Voetbal Inside¬†after Ajax’s 3-1 victory over¬†NEC Breda on Sunday.

“I haven’t spoken to Jose Mourinho myself. I know as much as you do. Rumours are always there, but Manchester United has never come up, and I don’t think it’s a logical step. A few more years at Ajax? Who knows, we’ll see.”

MITROVIC TURNED DOWN BORO

Sky Sports News understands Aleksandar Mitrovic turned down late interest from Middlesbrough in favour of a move to Fulham on Deadline Day.

The Newcastle striker, who joined the Whites on loan until the end of the season, was of interest to a number of other clubs and moved to Craven Cottage after a switch to former club Anderlecht collapsed.

Mitrovic¬†said last week: ‚ÄúThere was a lot of clubs but it was Fulham, first of all because of the coach, and then because of the style of football that Fulham play. For me, they played the best football in the Championship last season and they’ve continued that this season, so this is one of the reasons why I moved here.‚ÄĚ

12.26

‘LOOKMAN COULD’VE BEEN SUBBED’

RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl says Ademola Lookmancould have been taken off before his debut goal for his new side.

The Austrian told¬†Bild:¬†“He was lucky that he was still on the pitch for the goal. I really wanted to take him out because he’d just slipped again.¬†That was the same in practice on Friday. But he’d only brought one pair of boots from England and absolutely refused to take them off.”

After the game, the Everton loanee bought some boots locally – with longer studs.

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10.42

BRADFORD SACK McCALL

Bradford have sacked manager Stuart McCall.

CONTE WANTS PUBLIC BACKING

Antonio Conte has called for public backing from Chelsea in order to silence speculation about his future as head coach.

“Maybe I’d like that the club to prepare a statement for me to tell [the media], ‘I trust in his job, I trust in his work’,” said Conte, ahead of Monday’s trip to Watford,¬†live on Sky Sports.

“But at the same time I know that in the past it never happened, this, and for this reason why would I hope for something different?¬†For sure, I think that I’d like to have a statement to support against this speculation.”

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ARSENAL EYE ZIVKOVIC

Arsenal are reportedly eyeing up a move for the Benfica star Andrija Zivkovic. 

The Mirror says reports in Portugal have suggested that the Gunners watched the 21-year-old before he moved to Lisbon, and that officials are believed to have tracked his progress ahead of a possible summer move.

ASK GUILLEM

Get your La Liga questions in for¬†Sky Sports’¬†Spanish football expert¬†Guillem Balague¬†over on Twitter and he’ll answer the best in his latest column.

LIVERPOOL IN FOR WILSHERE? 

Liverpool could move to sign Jack Wilshere if he rejects a new deal at Arsenal, according to The Sun. 

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is ready to match Wilshere’s current salary if he can land him on a free this summer, the paper reports.

NO MORE FORWARDS AT UTD

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says he is happy with his attacking options and will not be hunting for more forwards this summer.

“The objective is that now we have more number nines,” he said. “We have Alexis, we have (Romelu) Lukaku, we have (Anthony) Martial, we have (Marcus) Rashford.

“I don’t want attacking players, so don’t speak about attacking players that are coming here, because nobody is coming here.”

LEICESTER MAKE MAHREZ PLEA

Leicester have made a renewed plea to Riyad Mahrez for him to end his self-imposed strike, the Daily Telegraph reports.

The winger has not featured for the Foxes since his Deadline Day move to Man City collapsed, missing two games, but Leicester will reportedly make a fresh attempt to bring him back into the fold this week.

LEEDS SACK CHRISTIANSEN

In case you missed the news late last night, Leeds United have sacked head coach Thomas Christiansen.

Leeds lost 4-1 at home to Cardiff on Saturday – their sixth Championship game without a win.

Head here for the full story.

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UTD EYE PULISIC

Manchester United will look to beat Liverpool to sign Borussia Dortmund starlet Christian Pulisic, according to German outlet SportBild.

Bayern Munich will also reportedly join the race for the 19-year-old.

WHAT DOES GIROUD BRING TO CHELSEA?

Olivier Giroud¬†is in line to make his¬†Chelsea¬†debut against Watford on¬†Monday Night Football, but what will he bring to Antonio Conte’s side?

The Frenchman sealed his £18m move from Arsenal to Chelsea on Deadline Day, watching their 3-0 defeat to Bournemouth from the stands at Stamford Bridge.

But with Alvaro Morata injured and Michy Batshuayi departed to Borussia Dortmund, attention now turns to what he can offer his new side on the pitch. Here are the key stats.

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RISE AND SHINE!

Good morning and welcome to Monday on the Transfer Centre! Stay tuned for the latest news, rumours and everything in between as the dust continues to settle after the January window, new signings adjust to new surroundings and clubs set their sights on the summer window.

18.29

NO MICHY PURCHASE OPTION

Chelsea¬†were willing to put an option in¬†Michy Batshuayi’s¬†loan deal to¬†Borussia Dortmund¬†that could see him join the German club permanently for an agreed price, according to¬†Bild.

But they also wanted a buyback clause in any such deal, something the Bundesliga side were unwilling to agree on, meaning both parties decided there would be no purchase option in the loan for the striker.

18.28

LIVERPOOL TO GRAB WILSHERE?

Liverpool want to sign Jack Wilshere if the Arsenal midfielder rejects a new deal at The Emirates, according to The Sun.

The 26-year-old is currently in negotiations with the club to renew his deal, which runs out this summer, but he could replace Emre Can in the Liverpool midfield next season.

UNITED IN FOR KLUIVERT?

Manchester United are in advanced talks to sign Justin Kluivert this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.

The newspaper say United are ready to agree a fee of around £10m plus add-ons to sign the 18-year-old who is the son of former Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert.

United boss Jose Mourinho knows Justin from his father’s time at Barcelona.

15.57

‘TOP CLUBS WANTED ME’

Following on from¬†Olivier Giroud’s¬†quotes below (12.20), the Frenchman also¬†revealed the club’s who put offers on the table before he decided to join Chelsea.

“I had an offer from¬†Dortmund, but they wanted a loan.¬†Sevilla¬†were interested,¬†Roma¬†contacted my agent. But when Conte told me he was counting on me, my choice was made,” the 31-year-old told¬†Telefoot.

MALCOM WANTED JANUARY MOVE

Bordeaux attacker Malcom, who was subject of Arsenaland Tottenham transfer talk in January, has admitted he wanted to leave the club during the transfer window.

“It’s my dream to progress in my career,” he said, as quoted in¬†Telefoot.

“I spoke to the president, he told me that he knew it was my dream, but that he needed me. I told him he could count on me until the end of the season, I will do everything to help Bordeaux finish in the top six in Ligue 1.”

12.58

SONG BACK TO ARSENAL?…

The Telegraph’s¬†chief football writer¬†Sam Wallace¬†noticed a familiar face at Arsenal’s training ground this week, prompting the question could¬†Alex Song¬†be re-signing for the club?

“One thing that interested me and I know John Cross picked up on it at the London Colney, Wenger was asked about Alex Song who has been posting some pictures from the training ground in a long tradition of Arsenal players who are allowed to come back to regain their fitness there,” he said on the¬†Sunday Supplement.

“Wenger was asked ‚Äėyou do actually need a defensive midfielder, he‚Äôs 30 years old, he‚Äôs out of contract, is there any chance?‚Äô and Wenger said ‚Äėabsolutely no chance.‚Äô Crossy is more dubious about this but it just smelt of them signing a defensive midfielder.”

CONTE WANTS THREE WORLD-CLASS PLAYERS

Antonio Conte has advised Chelsea to take a quality over quantity approach to the transfer market and sign three world-class players.

Chelsea have struggled in their bid to retain the Premier League while Manchester City have asserted their dominance on the title race, with Conte becoming increasingly outspoken over the club’s transfer policy.

Conte, whose future at Stamford Bridge looks unclear, believes their inability to compete with City derives from their failure to acquire players of the highest level and concedes they are only competing for a place in the top four despite having 13 games remaining.

10.14

NEW SIGNINGS WATCH 

There were a host of January signings on show in Saturday’s Premier League games, but who shone and who struggled?

Alexis Sanchez¬†marked his first Old Trafford appearance with a goal as Manchester United beat Huddersfield, while¬†Henrikh Mkhitaryanprovided a hat-trick of assists in Arsenal’s thrashing of Everton.

But how did¬†Daniel Sturridge¬†fare for West Brom? And what about Stoke’s ¬£14m midfielder¬†Badou Ndiaye?

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UNITED KEEPING TABS ON PICKFORD?

Manchester United are monitoring Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a view to bringing him to Old Trafford if David de Gealeaves, the Mirror reports.

De Gea continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, and should the Spaniard seal a move this summer, the Red Devils will reportedly turn to Pickford.

The 23-year-old England international only joined Everton for £30m last summer, and has kept six Premier League clean sheets and shipped in 45 goals from 26 games so far this season.

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AUBAMEYANG ASSESSED

Arsenal’s¬†record signing¬†Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang¬†marked his debut with a goal as¬†the Gunners beat Everton 5-1¬†at the Emirates Stadium.

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PAPER TALK

Here’s a look at the transfer news from¬†Sunday’s national papers:

  • Manchester United¬†are in advanced talks to sign 18-year-old winger¬†Justin Kluivert¬†from Ajax in the summer. (Mirror)
  • Liverpool¬†boss¬†Jurgen Klopp¬†expects¬†Manchester¬†City¬†to be even stronger next season. (Observer)
  • Manchester United¬†are plotting a summer swoop for Bayern Munich’s¬†Arturo Vidal. (Mail)
  • Chelsea¬†boss¬†Antonio Conte¬†insists he needs two or three more world-class players to compete with Manchester City. (Telegraph)
  • Arsenal¬†and¬†Chelsea¬†have joined¬†Manchester City¬†in the battle for a summer deal for¬†Riyad Mahrez. (Star)

MORNING

It’s early, not so bright, but time to dip back into the world of transfers…

17.30

NO MAHREZ

As expected, Riyad Mahrez is not in Leicester’s squad to face Swansea today. The saga continues… but we’re no closer to a resolution.

PSG TO TARGET ALISSON?

Runaway Ligue 1 leaders Paris SaintGermain have set aside £44m to make a summer move to Roma goalkeeper Alisson, according to Calciomercato. 

The Brazilian goalkeeper has impressed in Serie A this term, and has also been linked with Liverpool.

SPURS ‘OPEN TO SELLING KANE’

Tottenham are open to the idea of selling Harry Kane to Real Madridthis summer, but only if a 200m euro offer is received and any deal can be concluded quickly and without fuss, according to Mundo Deportivo. 

The England striker is believed to be the European champions’ top target.

WOLVES MY NO 1 CHOICE

Benik Afobe chats to Sky Sports about returning to Wolves on loan and his hopes of playing for them in the Premier League.

Don’t miss the Sky Bet Championship clash between Wolves and Sheffield United this evening, live on Sky Sports Football and Main Event from 5.15pm

12.25

SAGNA JOINS BENEVENTO

Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender¬†Bacary Sagna¬†has joined the Serie¬†A’s bottom team, Benevento, for the rest of the season.

The 34-year-old ex-France international’s deal includes an option for a further¬†year.

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12.24

SIGNING UP IN SCOTLAND

12.24

GRACIA UNFAZED BY SHORT SHELF LIFE

Javi Gracia¬†concedes the shelf life of a manager is short but insists he is more than comfortable working with¬†Watford’s¬†trigger-happy owners.

The 47-year-old replaced Marco Silva at Vicarage Road just hours after his sacking on January 21 to become the Hornets’ eighth manager in just over four years.

But the Spaniard has stressed he is not concerned by Watford’s turnover of managers and is instead focused on delivering a team which pleases supporters.

10.56

HERNANDEZ: I WANTED TO GO

With the World Cup around the corner, Javier Hernandez has admitted he wanted to leave West Ham in the January transfer window in a bid to get more minutes on the pitch Рhaving only joined the Hammers last summer.

‚ÄúYes, it was the case that I wanted to go,‚ÄĚ Hernandez told the¬†Mirror.‚ÄúNot because I don‚Äôt like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.

‚ÄúThe World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.”

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10.21

‘SHUT UP AND SIGN’ Jose Mourinho joked with reporters when recalling how he warned Marouane Fellaini to hurry up and sign a new deal at Manchester United.

IT’S MATCHDAY

But will we see Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang feature for Arsenal this afternoon? The striker is a doubt as the Gunners host Everton this afternoon, meaning one Theo Walcott makes a speedy return to the Emirates, fresh from his double against Leicester on Deadline Day.

‘SANCHEZ DESTINED FOR MAN UTD’

Romelu Lukaku¬†believes¬†Alexis¬†Sanchez¬†was “destined” to play for¬†Manchester¬†United, but insists he is not threatened by the arrival of the Chile international.

Sanchez made his Premier League debut alongside Lukaku in¬†Manchester United’s 2-0 defeat at Tottenham¬†in midweek, with neither able to really make an impact.

With Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Juan Mata, Jesse Lingard and Lukaku already on the roster, Sanchez gives Mourinho a welcome selection headache in attack.

Lukaku, speaking exclusively to¬†Sky Sports, has welcomed Sanchez’s addition but is adamant the competition for places doesn’t worry him, as he feels he offers a great deal to United’s quest for trophies.

BENITEZ ON TRANSFERS AND AMBITIONS

“I can’t look at other clubs spending money. The point was to bring in players that could be different to what we have already so they could create more competition.”

Johnny Phillips spoke to¬†Rafael Benitez¬†to discuss¬†Newcastle’s¬†quiet transfer window and what his ambitions are on Tyneside.

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PAPER TALK

Here’s a look at the transfer news making¬†the morning papers:

  • Man Utd boss Jose Mourinho is willing to let¬†David de Gea¬†join Real Madrid if he gets¬†Gareth Bale¬†in return. (Star)
  • West Ham’s¬†Javier Hernandez¬†admits he did ask for a January transfer but has vowed to give everything for the club now he is staying. (Mirror)
  • Leicester City don’t know when they will see¬†Riyad Mahrez¬†again following their refusal to let him move to Manchester City. (Mirror)
  • Arsenal sold¬†Theo Walcott¬†on the cheap as a goodwill gesture due to the winger’s long service, according to Everton manager Sam Allardyce. (Telegraph)
  • Crystal Palace have agreed a deal to sign goalkeeper¬†Vicente Guaita¬†– however he cannot join the club until July. (Sun)

BATSMAN IS BACK

Two goals and an assist on your Borussia Dortmund debut, not bad, Michy Batshuayi.

MORNING ALL 

Time to delve back into the world of transfers…

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