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Porto left-back Alex Telles has signalled his determination to move to Manchester United, with the club still trying to drive down the €40m (£36.6m) release clause in his contract.

Aston Villa’s head coach Dean Smith is weighing up a bid to sign Chelsea’s Ross Barkley on loan.

Premier League clubs are resigned to having to bail out the English Football League and are expected to impose strict conditions on a support package worth up to £250m to their lower-league counterparts.

David Moyes will manage West Ham’s match against Wolves remotely if he receives confirmation that he must continue to self-isolate.

Antonio Rudiger is set to leave Chelsea before the transfer window shuts after being left out of Frank Lampard’s squad for a second game in succession.

The Professional Footballers’ Association is advertising for new non-executive directors to appoint chief executive Gordon Taylor’s successor, with candidates to be offered £40,000 a year for between one and two days’ work a month.

Plans to get fans back into stadiums will be stepped up this week when the Government unveils a “crack team” charged with finding high-tech solutions to a shutout it has extended for up to another six months.

The community leisure sector is urging the Government to fast-track immediate financial help amid the ongoing debate over whether professional football should be included in the sports bailout.

Premier League clubs are almost half a billion pounds down in transfer revenue this year with under a fortnight to go until the window closes, partly because players are reluctant to move due to the pandemic.

David Sullivan has warned West Ham may end the transfer window without any new additions.

Premier League clubs fear a PR backlash if they do not organise a speedy cash bailout for financially troubled EFL clubs.

Bournemouth have tested their players for Covid ahead of Thursday night’s Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City.

UEFA are expected to announce that managers will be allowed to use five substitutes in this season’s Champions League and Europa League on Thursday, in a ruling that could put English clubs at a significant disadvantage.

Two of Steve Bruce’s senior Newcastle United medical staff have been stood down from their roles amid an internal investigation.

Manchester City defender Nicolas Otamendi is attracting interest from Porto and Inter Milan but the 32-year-old could yet be pushed into negotiations with Sevilla for Jules Kounde.

Aston Villa are interested in a potential loan deal for Chelsea’s Ross Barkley or team-mate Ruben Loftus Cheek as they look to strengthen their midfield.

The Professional Footballers’ Association are under growing pressure to financially support the Covid-19 testing of EFL players.

Manchester United could miss out on a staggering £111m in matchday income this season if fans are forced to stay away from Old Trafford.

Premier League clubs could be facing an international Covid-19 row after the global players’ union raised fears over next month’s opening South American World Cup qualifiers.

Wigan Athletic’s administrators have put the club’s ‘chippy’ up for sale in a bid to pay the wages.

Brazil World Cup legend Cafu expects James Rodriguez to be the star of the Premier League this season.

David Moyes is set to take West Ham training via Zoom from Covid-19 exile.

Worried Premier League clubs will threaten to pull out of the Carabao Cup unless EFL players agree to be tested for coronavirus.

The English Football League is considering whether to reimplement mandatory coronavirus testing as it reviews its medical regulations.

Arsenal are not giving up on signing Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window, with Mikel Arteta keen on the Barcelona star after his loan spell at Bayern Munich last season.

Pep Lijnders has offered a clear hint both Thiago and Diogo Jota will make their full Liverpool debuts in the less than glamorous surroundings of Sincil Bank.

Manchester United have encountered a stumbling block in their transfer pursuit of Alex Telles – due to Jorge Mendes.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has admitted it is hard for outcast Mesut Ozil to barge his way into his plans at present.

Manchester United could hand Jesse Lingard an unexpected contract extension at Old Trafford.

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny could be set to leave the club, despite starting two of the Gunners’ three competitive fixtures so far this season.

EFL chairman Rick Parry has told the Government that clubs will need up to £250m in handouts to help them survive the season without fans.

Anxious Premiership clubs will hold a Covid-19 crisis summit next week amid fears of an ‘existential threat’ to the professional game.

Derek McInnes has admitted Aberdeen have under-sold Scott McKenna but is confident they will cash in when he gets to the Premier League.

Neil Lennon admits Celtic aren’t immune from the horrendous damage extended ground closures could inflict on the game.

West Ham United were last night trying to find a way for David Moyes to be on the touchline for Sunday’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers despite testing positive for Covid-19.

Premiership Rugby club chairmen have warned that the professional game could die if the government does not provide a rescue package.

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