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  1. Pogba completes £89m world-record Man Utd move
  2. Man City buy Everton's Stones for £47.5m
  3. Swansea accept Everton bid for captain Williams
  4. English & Scottish League Cups tonight

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By Emlyn Begley

All times stated are UK

That's the end of the road for Sportsday today, but fear ye not. It's not the end of the road for BBC Sport football chat today. Not at all.

Later on you can follow the Uefa Super Cup between Real Madrid and Sevilla and all the EFL Cup first round games on our live text page.

Or if Scottish football is your jam, the Betfred Cup is this way.

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Which Premier League club have had the best transfer window?

Rob Knowles: If you look past quantity and just look for quality, that one-off wow deal has to be Everton. John Stones out for £47.5m and Ashley Williams in for £12m. Unbelievable business.

Stefan Glosby: Arsenal for giving the transfer report writers a summer break. Again

Matt Undergate: Everton selling Stones for that sort of money, great business

Si George: United have. Bought an entire spine for £160m. Four players averaging at £40m apiece, and all four - jury's still slightly out on Bailly, certainly for myself - are of high quality. People will say we've done bad business with Pogba, but I don't think we have as it stands.

Other players who have returned to old club

BBC Three

Manchester United, the club that once considered Paul Pogba less of a priority than the likes of Park Ji-sung, Ashley Young and Tom Cleverley, have now smashed the world record transfer fee to bring the Frenchman back to Old Trafford.

How times have changed in just a few years. And as Pogba has made his big-money move to his former club, we take a look back at some other players who have taken a familiar walk back to their former clubs.

Read the article here.

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Barker could return to game after four years out

Burton could hand Shaun Barker a contract more than four years after his last game - but only if he can prove his fitness.

The 33-year-old, who captained Derby under current Brewers boss Nigel Clough, has not played a competitive game since dislocating his knee and rupturing ligaments in March 2012.

He is set to start training with the Championship new boys after undergoing minor knee surgery.

"If we have room budget-wise and he is OK, then it is a no-brainer for us," Clough said.

Read more here.

Shaun Barker
This game - against Nottingham Forest in March 2012 - was the last time Shaun Barker (l) played a competitive match

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Which Premier League club have had the best transfer window?

Harvey Mcane: Chelsea for stealing Kante for only £32m. Closely followed by Everton for scamming City then buying quality for only £12m. Worst business... United for buying back their own talent for 89m.

Rob Needham: Chelsea. Kante's the signing of the summer, Michy's a future superstar and once we sign a top defender, we'll be hard to break down again

James trolls Red Devils

With Zlatan and Pogba both capable of lighting up a match, I'm very excited to see them in this season's Europa League

Frimpong off to (a different) Arsenal

Ghanaian midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has joined the second Arsenal of his career.

The 24-year-old former Gunners player has signed a two-year deal with newly promoted Russian Premier League club Arsenal Tula.

He left divisional rivals Ufa by mutual consent in April.

Read more here.

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Which Premier League club have had the best transfer window?

Barry Kane: Spurs without doubt. Not selling anyone to Madrid (So far) is the best business. 

Mike Kebby: Clearly Spurs have had the best transfer window. I mean we've brought in loads of stars...oh, no, wait. Dreaming again.

Billy Stanbridge: United are buying a load of random individuals, all world class, but City are planning long term to gel their players together.

Walker faces two-game ban for dive

Hearts winger Jamie Walker is facing a two-match ban on a simulation charge following the penalty the winger was awarded and converted against Celtic.

Walker has until Wednesday at 15:00 BST to respond, with a possible hearing date set for Thursday.

Celtic captain Scott Brown called Walker "a cheat" after Sunday's match, which Celtic won 2-1, at Tynecastle.

Visiting manager Brendan Rodgers said that referee John Beaton had admitted he made a mistake with the penalty.

Hearts head coach Robbie Neilson said on Tuesday morning that he was disappointed by Brown's "cheat" comment.

Watch the dive, sorry, the incident, here.

Jamie Walker
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'Our new style needs some time'

Sevilla coach Jorge Sampaoli takes charge of his first game as manager of a European club tonight.

The 56-year-old has managed seven South American clubs and Chile, before replacing Unai Emery at Sevilla.

The Europa League winners face Real Madrid tonight in the Uefa Super Cup in Norway.

"I'm really pleased to be here and to be involved in this final. Our new style needs some time to settle in. The most important thing is that the players believe in it."  

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ZIdane not worried by Super Cup absentees

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is not concerned by the absence of key players for tonight's Uefa Super Cup with La Liga rivals Sevilla in Norway.

Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and Toni Kroos were all left at home following runs to the Euro 2016 semis or final.

"I'm not worried by the players that aren't available," Zidane said. "They've been at the European Championship and then have had their holidays, that's to be expected. 

"I would have liked to have everyone with us, but it's for the best that Kroos and Bale stay back and train in Madrid, because they've only just reported back. 

"Cristiano and Pepe are getting better and they'll be back on 10 August."

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane
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15-16 - Paul Pogba's stats for Juventus in 2015-16 (all comps): 49 Apps 10 Goals 15 Assists 79 Chances Created Marquee. #Pogback

World record breakers

A Question of Sport Teaser

We asked you earlier who the last five players (before Paul Pogba) were to break the world record for transfer fees since 2000.

The answer... Hernan Crespo, Luis Figo, Zinedine Zidane, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. The last five of those were all Real Madrid.

The Premier League predictor is back

Do you fancy yourself as a football expert? And would you back yourself to know more about the way the season will pan out than your friends?

If so, it's time to get involved in our new Premier League Predictor game.

Following on from the success of the Euro 2016 Predictor, which was played by more than 380,000 people, we have launched an updated version for the new domestic season.

You can register to play now - and it takes less than a minute to get set up.

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Borja move 'imminent' for Swansea

Swansea City's club-record signing of Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston is "imminent" according to head coach Francesco Guidolin.

The 23-year-old scored 18 La Liga goals on loan at Eibar last season and is expected to cost £15m after his medical tomorrow.

"I was happy with the squad before but I am more happy now because, with Fernando Llorente and Borja Baston, I think we have signed two good players, two very important players," said Guidolin.

Read more here.

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Borja scored Eibar's first ever goal against Barcelona in October, but his side lost 3-1

Happy Birthday

Roy Hodgson

Davide Rebellin (cycling) - Italian rider who won an unprecedented treble of the Amstel Gold Race, La Fleche Wallonne and the Liege-Bastogne-Liege in 2004 but failed a drug test at the 2008 Olympics, born 1971.

Roy Hodgson (football) - Former England, Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion manager, born 1947.

Tyson Gay (athletics) - American sprinter, a former world champion in 100m and 200m. Tested positive for a banned substance in May 2013 and subsequently accepted a one-year ban, born 1982.

Willian (football) - Brazilian midfielder who signed for Chelsea in 2013, born 1988. 

Tonight's Scottish League Cup fixtures

There are five Scottish League Cup second round games tonight. Previews of those are here.

Alloa Athletic v Inverness Caledonian Thistle - 19:30

Dundee United v Partick Thistle - 19:45

Hamilton Academical v Morton - 19:45

Hibernian v Queen of the South - 19:45

Rangers v Peterhead - 19:45

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Which Premier League club have had the best transfer window?

Connor Reece Ward: I definitely think Boro have done the best business! They look like a team that won't go straight back down, and getting Negredo was a steal!

Sam Devine: I'm sorry but clearly it was United of the big teams. Of the smaller teams, I would say Boro and also West Ham did well as a team with not as much money as the big teams.

Today's EFL Cup fixtures

It's the EFL Cup first round tonight (that's the new name for the League Cup). Get previews of each game here.

Accrington Stanley v Bradford City - 19:45

Barnsley v Northampton Town - 19:45

Birmingham City v Oxford United - 19:45

Blackpool v Bolton Wanderers - 19:45

Brighton and Hove Albion v Colchester United - 19:45

Cambridge United v Sheffield Wednesday - 19:45

Carlisle United v Port Vale - 19:45

Cheltenham Town v Charlton Athletic - 19:45

Coventry City v Portsmouth - 19:45

Derby County v Grimsby Town - 19:45

Doncaster Rovers v Nottingham Forest - 19:45

Exeter City v Brentford - 19:45

Ipswich Town v Stevenage - 19:45

Leyton Orient v Fulham - 19:45

Mansfield Town v Blackburn Rovers - 19:45

Newport County v MK Dons - 19:45

Oldham Athletic v Wigan Athletic - 19:45

Peterborough United v AFC Wimbledon - 19:45

Preston North End v Hartlepool United - 19:45

Rochdale v Chesterfield - 19:45

Rotherham United v Morecambe - 19:45

Scunthorpe United v Notts County - 19:45

Sheffield United v Crewe Alexandra - 19:45

Shrewsbury Town v Huddersfield Town - 19:45

Southend United v Gillingham - 19:45

Walsall v Yeovil Town - 19:45

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Crawley Town - 19:45

Wycombe Wanderers v Bristol City - 19:45

Barnet v Millwall - 20:00

Reading v Plymouth Argyle - 20:00

Burnley punish fans for pitch invasion

Burnley have issued sanctions against 12 people following a minor pitch invasion against Preston on 22 April.

The sanctions range from stadium bans to acceptable behaviour agreements. 

"There are still several fans who ran onto the pitch, but have not been identified. Club officials will continue to use CCTV to identify these supporters in the coming weeks," the club, now in the Premier League, added.

"In order to prevent the club from being in jeopardy of receiving a heavy fine from the FA, fans are again respectfully requested to stay within the seating area at Turf Moor and when visiting other clubs."

Olympiakos boss goes after two games

Former Spain midfielder Victor Sanchez has lost his job as a manager for the second time this summer.

The 40-year-old was sacked by Deportivo La Coruna at the end of May.

He became manager of Greek champions Olympiakos on 23 June but 47 days later he's left the club after their Champions League elimination.

Victor Sanchez
Victor Sanchez's two competitive games as Olympiakos boss saw them knocked out of Champions League qualifying by Hapoel Be'er Sheva

Liverpool to play away cup game

Liverpool will play their EFL Cup second-round match away from home, regardless of the draw.

The Reds are expanding the Main Stand at Anfield and do not play a home game until 10 September against Leicester.

They have two away games - at Arsenal and Tottenham - and have reversed the fixtures with Burnley before then.

An EFL spokesman said: "The board has considered a request from the club and felt that that due to the unique circumstances they face at this particular time, it was appropriate to agree to the reversal. 

“Compensation will be paid by Liverpool to the opposing club should they be drawn at home, to be determined by the EFL board.”

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We want to know which Premier League club have had the best transfer window...

Andrew Myles: It's gotta be Manchester United

Jeet Kotedia: Arsenal. Signing Takuma Asano and Rob Holding is what every club dreams of

Mike Kayley: Of course Middlesbrough have done the best business

Most expensive defenders ever

Say what you want about Manchester City but they like an expensive defender, as do PSG.

Here's the five most expensive defenders ever:

2014 - David Luiz £50m (Chelsea to Paris St-Germain)

2016 - John Stones £47.5m (Everton to Manchester City)

2012 - Thiago Silva £36m (AC Milan to Paris St-Germain)

2014 - Eliaquim Mangala £32m (Porto to Manchester City)

2015 - Nicolas Otamendi £32m (Valencia to Manchester City)

David Luiz
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Fifty. Million. Pounds.

Everton have bid accepted for Williams

Swansea City have accepted a bid for captain Ashley Williams from Premier League rivals Everton.

The fee is believed to be £12m for the Wales skipper, 31, who has spent eight years with the Swans.

Fellow centre-half John Stones moved from Everton to Manchester City for £47.5m earlier on Tuesday.

Ex-Wales defender Danny Gabbidon, a consultant for Williams' agent, tweeted: "Believe fee has been agreed. Medical booked and player en route."

Read the story here.

Ashley Williams
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Ashley Williams has played more than 300 games for the Swans since joining for £300,000 from Stockport in March 2008

The most expensive XI of all time

Press Association

Here is a list of the most expensive player in each position. Notably two of them have happened today.

Goalkeeper: Gianluigi Buffon (£32.6m, Parma - Juventus 2001)

Right-back: Dani Alves (£27.5m, Sevilla - Barcelona 2008) 

Centre-back: David Luiz (£50m, Chelsea - Paris St-Germain 2014)

Centre-back: John Stones (£47.5m, Everton - Manchester City 2016)

Left-back: Luke Shaw (£27m, Southampton - Manchester United 2014)

Right midfield: Angel di Maria (£59.7m, Real Madrid - Manchester United 2014)

Centre midfield: Paul Pogba (£89m. Juventus - Manchester United 2016)

Left midfield: James Rodriguez (£63m, Monaco - Real Madrid 2014)

Right forward: Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m, Manchester United - Real Madrid 2009)

Centre forward: Gonzalo Higuain (£76.5m, Napoli - Juventus 2016)

Left forward: Gareth Bale (£85.3m, Tottenham - Real Madrid 2013)

Total cost: £638.1m

'How did your MUTV experience set you up?'

New Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has given an "exclusive" interview to the club's TV station.

This is a genuine excerpt.

We’ve missed you here on MUTV – we enjoyed having you here the first time. How did your experiences of being on MUTV regularly set you up?

"I started on MUTV. My first interview was here at United. So now I come back and feel like I’m doing my old interview – I’m just taller, bigger, older. And I’m just enjoying it."

⚽️ FAKE! @paulpogba has never said he'd rather work in a petrol station than return to @ManUtd #Pogback

⚽️ FAKE! @paulpogba has never said he'd rather work in a petrol station than return to @ManUtd #Pogback

Gabriel out for up to two months

David Ornstein

BBC Sport

Arsenal centre-back Gabriel has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with an ankle sprain.

The Brazil defender suffered the injury in the closing minutes of Sunday's win against Manchester City in Arsenal's final pre-season game.

It is not quite as bad as the player initially feared, but with Per Mertesacker already out for five months and Laurent Koscielny only returning to training yesterday, manager Arsene Wenger is short of defensive experience for his side's opening game against Liverpool on Sunday.

With new signing Rob Holding and fellow youngsters Callum Chambers and Krystian Bielik the only other centre-back options explored in pre-season, Arsenal are stepping up their pursuit of Valencia and Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi.


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We want to know which Premier League club have had the best transfer window...

Aman: Easily Man Utd. The best players in Ligue 1, Serie A & Bundesliga along with a talented young defender for less than £150m.

Muhammad Owais Khan: I'd say City. They got the best of young talents in Stones, Sane and Jesus with a gem in Gundogan at that price. But Pogba...

Lim Junior: Obviously Man Utd. Thats some serious recruitment in Zlatan, Mkhitarian, Pogba, Bailly and Mourinho himself.

'Swansea agree fee for Atletico striker'

Swansea have agreed a club-record fee with Atletico Madrid to sign 23-year-old striker Borja Baston, Press Association Sport understands.

They have some money in the back after selling Andre Ayew to West Ham for £20.5m yesterday.

'Embarrassment at Stones leak'

Simon Stone

BBC Sport

There is undoubtedly an element of embarrassment at how John Stones' move to Manchester City leaked out, via the squad they submitted to Uefa for next week’s Champions League play-off encounter with Steaua Bucharest.

That will quickly be forgotten if Stones delivers the kind of measured performances Pep Guardiola wants.

City’s new boss wants the ball to be passed quickly out of defence to speed up the process of creating chances for strikers.

Stones can do that. For City – and England’s – sake, it is hoped working with Guardiola will bring a focus that appeared lacking for the 22-year-old at Everton last season.

Williams set to replace Stones at Goodison?

Several media outlets claim that Everton are set to spend £12m of their John Stones windfall on Swansea captain Ashley Williams, 31.

More on that when we get it.

Ashley Williams
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Ashley Williams has made 113 blocks in the last three Premier League seasons combined; 18 more than any other player
Stormzy and Pogba

The grime artist hasn't brought out his first album yet, but Stormzy has taken time out to record a video with Paul Pogba.

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41 days and counting...

If you think the delay in the Paul Pogba deal was bad, spare a thought for Plymouth and Nauris Bulvitis.

The League Two side signed the 29-year-old Latvian defender from Spartaks Jurmala in June, but he is still waiting for international clearance.

He missed Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Luton and is a doubt for tonight's EFL Cup game with Reading.

Read more here.

Nauris Bulvitis
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Nauris Bulvitis was allowed to play in pre-season friendlies

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We want to know which Premier League club you think has done the best business this summer.

Is it Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba?

City with - among others - John Stones, Nolito, Ilkay Gundogan and Leroy Sane?

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi and N'Golo Kante? Leicester with Ahmed Musa, Bartosz Kapustka and more?

Or maybe you like the look of Crystal Palace newbies Andros Townsend, Steve Mandanda and James Tomkins? 

Let us know using #bbcsportsday on Twitter or by commenting on the MOTD Facebook page.

Any suggestions of Hull - who now have 13 fit senior players - will be discounted

A Question of Sport Teaser

Which six players (before Paul Pogba) have been bought for world-record fees since 2000?

Answers later.

Get Involved - parental sporting advice


After Paul Pogba's mother told him he would rejoin Manchester United...

Antony Hawkes: My dad always told me train and train hard then when you're done start again.

Bacatutu: Stop playing soccer, it does not give you food.

Terry Claydo: "It's only a bit of pig skin kicked by 22 blokes, calm down"! My Dad on football! 

Why did Man City pay so much for Stones?

BBC Sport have been looking at whether John Stones is worth £47.5m.

Is he guilty of 'overplaying' at the back?

Why was Guardiola desperate to sign him?

Is Stones really worth nearly £50m?

Will move help cement England spot?

Why didn't Chelsea or Man Utd try to sign him?

How will Everton cope without him?

All these questions are answered here.


Short and (not that) sweet from Toffees

Everton released a short statement, without mentions of 'best of luck in the future' or 'thanks for all his hard work at the club'.

It reads: "John Stones has joined Manchester City for a record transfer fee.

"Stones joined Everton from Barnsley on transfer deadline day in January 2013 for £3m.

"His Blues debut came in a League Cup win over Stevenage seven months later and, in total, he made 95 appearances for the club, scoring one Premier League goal." 

John Stones
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