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Today's headlines, featuring Arsenal, Liverpool, Man City and much more!
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AC Milan are advancing in talks to sign 2006 born Serbian talent Matija Popović from Partizan as a free agent in January. There are multiple clubs interested but Milan are leading the race and are confident of getting a deal done soon.
Gabri Veiga’s camp have answered the rumours regarding a potential return to Celta in January. “There have been enquiries from UCL clubs about Veiga’s situation but he’s 100% happy at Al Ahli, playing at a great level, fully focused and committed to Al Ahli and winning the SPL.”
FA statement: ‘Mikel Arteta has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3.1. It comes following comments that he made in media interviews after Arsenal’s Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday 4 November.’
Jorginho on his future: “Back to Italy? I’d like to return but I don’t know when is the right moment… I still have many things to achieve at Arsenal and I want to fight for titles here.”
📰 Arsenal eyeing up move for 23-year-old Spanish playmaker [Fichajes]
Atlético president Cerezo on whether João Félix will stay at Barcelona beyond this season: “João Félix will be one of the best players in Europe, I wish him all the best at Barça. He’s on loan there but if Barça want to sign João on a permanent deal, they’ll have an option to make it happen for sure. Otherwise, he will return to us.”
📰 Atlético Madrid star picks up another injury on international duty [Buysan]
Barça president Joan Laporta isn’t listening to the nonsense being written in the press about Xavi’s position at the club: “I want to make it very clear that we are totally behind Xavi. We are proud to have Xavi as a coach for his professional and human qualities.”
Lamine Yamal has scored his second goal with the Spanish national team and he’s still only 16. Two goals in three appearances, this one coming against Cyprus in a 3-1 win [Pictures from DAZN]:
Si Phillips gives his take on the Alphonso Davies rumours, Conor Gallagher’s situation and more.
📰 Broadcaster says Raheem Sterling is ‘bang average’ and Gareth Southgate is right to leave him out of the England squad [Daily Mail]
Ahead of their Euro 2024 qualifying matches against Malta and North Macedonia, the England team were put through their paces in training and looked completely relaxed and at ease [pictures from Hayters]:
Gareth Southgate spoke about Marcus Rashford’s loss of form at Manchester United during his pre-match press conference [pictures from Hayters]:
Juventus are closing in on a new deal for Gleison Bremer as the Brazilian centre back has been brilliant this season. Final terms of the deal have already been decided and Bremer will sign a contract valid until June 2028.
Mo Salah scored four of Egypt’s six goals against Djibouti on Thursday, including this simple tap in to complete his hat-trick [Pictures from On Time Sports]:
📰 Liverpool find out Xabi Alonso release clause [SDZ via Football Espana]
Man City talent Oscar Bobb scored his first goal for Norway in a 2-0 win over the Faroe Islands. “He’s very good, he’s with us for a reason,” Pep Guardiola recently said about him [Pictures from TV2]:
Erling Haaland’s agent Rafaela Pimenta spoke about the links that have surfaced placing her client at Real Madrid, and she didn’t rule out such a shock move: “Erling is the master of own destiny, always. He will always do what’s good for him and for Man City. When they all are open to make a change, it will happen. Erling will always be respectful. For sure, respect has to be on both the club and the player’s side, and I’ve no doubts, Man City will respect him.
“If something has to happen one day, we will agree on every step together with the club. It’s always about respect… You should ask Erling (if he’s happy). I’m not saying the opposite; I know that but I’m not speaking for others. I see things in a clear way: great sporting results come when you’re happy. Good feelings, energy, and then things happen… Clauses in his contract? It’s only Man City, Erling, his father and me knowing the details of the contract. Other clubs don’t know anything about that. Not one of them.”
📰 Man City and Liverpool to compete for Bayern star [The Sun]
Scott McTominay made it seven goals in seven games for Scotland, helping his side to a 2-2 draw in Georgia, for whom Kvicha Kvaratskhelia scored a double [Pictures from Viaplay]:
📰 Man United to press ahead with signing of 23-year-old Frenchman [Fichajes]
Achraf Hakimi’s agent Camano spoke about the player’s immediate and long-term future: “I can guarantee that Paris Saint-Germain are talking about possibility of continuing with Hakimi for a long time. He made Inter fans happy in the past but I think it's a finished story.”
Cristiano Ronaldo, who else, opened the scoring against Liechtenstein with his 108th goal for Portugal and his 865th competitive goal overall! It set his side on the way to a 2-0 victory on Thursday night, Joao Cancelo with the other goal [pictures from beIN Sports]:
Former Barcelona B star, Alejandro Grimaldo, has risked the wrath of his old club during a recent interview with OK Diario: “Real Madrid are one of the best clubs in the world, if not the best, and all players want to go there. I’m very happy at Leverkusen now. It’s great here. I understand why Barça didn’t sign me as free agent last summer, as they are well covered with left-backs.”
Official statement expected soon to clarify Eduardo Camavinga’s injury status after initial positive tests was followed by concern as he felt some pain. He will undergo tests at Valdebebas as Real Madrid staff want to fully understand the situation and follow up with a recovery schedule.
📰 Real Madrid to be compensated by FIFA for Eduardo Camavinga injury [MARCA]
Son Heung-min has sent a positive message to Spurs fans after he sustained what looked like a serious injury whilst playing for South Korea against Singapore: “I am fine now, I don't like to lie down on the pitch in the winter. At the moment I went down I couldn't feel anything on my foot. I’m fine, no injury.”
📰 Tottenham told to pay €20m for attacker [Udineseblog]
Bad news for Villarreal and Spain winger Yeremi Pino as he’s torn his ACL. He won’t be back in action until next season.