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Real Madrid will tell Chelsea and Manchester United to forget about signing forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 29.(Evening Standard)external-link

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo helped Real Madrid win the Champions League last season

Barcelona midfielder Xavi, 34, turned down the chance to join Manchester United and Bayern Munich during the summer. (Daily Express)external-link

Portugal winger Nani moved to Sporting Lisbon on a season-long loan in the summer and says his form suffered at Old Trafford because he was unhappy at the club. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Juventus are planning a £24m move for 26-year-old Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata, who signed for the Old Trafford club for £37m in January 2014. (Daily Mail) external-link

Manchester City striker John Guidetti, 22, says he turned down Ajax and Fiorentina before choosing to move on loan to Celtic. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

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Barcelona right-back Dani Alves, 31, has emerged as a shock transfer target for Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Express)external-link

Premier League champions Manchester City and Italian giants Juventus are also interested in Brazil defender Alves. (Talksport)external-link

France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, 24, says he was desperate to leave Southampton this summer before club bosses "blocked" his move. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Arsenal are looking to sign Barcelona's 19-year-old midfielder Sergi Samper - with manager Arsene Wenger ready to pay his £9.6m release clause in January. (Metro)external-link

Valencia are working on a new contract for promising Spanish striker Paco Alcacer, 21, with Arsenal and Chelsea reportedly stepping up their interest. (Talksport)external-link

Chelsea are interested in 19-year-old Aston Villa winger Jack Grealish, although he has been offered a new four-year deal by his club. (Daily Mail)external-link

Schalke are planning to hand striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 31, a new contract to ward off interest from Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham. (Daily Express)external-link


Former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano says ex-Bernabeu boss and current Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is inferior to Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Hull City owner Assem Allam would want £60m if he opts to sell the Premier League club. (Sun - subscription required)

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner is personally drawing up a £10m four-year contract offer for midfielder Fabien Delph, 24. (Daily Star)external-link

QPR manager Harry Redknapp
Harry Redknapp's QPR have a bigger wage bill than AC Milan

England coach Roy Hodgson is giving his players "homework" to undertake between get-togethers as he tries to speed up his young side's development in time to make an impression at Euro 2016. (Guardian)external-link

QPR's wage bill is bigger than Italian giants AC Milan. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Meanwhile, QPR have been told they could be demoted to the fifth tier of English football the next time they are relegated if they refuse to pay a fine incurred by breaking the Football League's Financial Fair Play rules. (Times - subscription only)external-link

Former Leeds, Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler, 39, has applied for the vacant manager's job at Leeds United. (Sky Sports)external-link

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has "concerns" about Jack Wilshere's England role as a defensive midfielder and says he is sorry striker Danny Welbeck, 23, has left Old Trafford to join Arsenal. (Independent)external-link

Spanish full-back Jose Enrique, 28, is ready to put his injury nightmare behind him - and wants to get back to the levels he showed during his first season at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Former international centre-back John Terry tells England and Liverpool attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling, 19, to carry on punching above his weight. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

Newcastle's attacking midfielder Remy Cabella, 24, should show the physical toughness of fellow Magpie Cheick Tiote, says the club's former striker Mick Quinn. (Evening Chronicle)external-link

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Back page of the Sun

No Premier League clubs have agreed to make public the full details of fees paid between clubs and to agents during transfer windows. (Independent)external-link

Midfielder Alex Pritchard, 21, is hoping to catch the eye of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino during his loan spell at Championship new boys Brentford. (Daily Mail)external-link

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 26, that he plans to make him an important part of the team. (Daily Star)external-link

Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, 28, says Chelsea represent the biggest threat to his side retaining their Premier League title. (Daily Mirror)external-link

QPR owner Tony Fernandes would not stand in the way of 67-year-old manager Harry Redknapp if England asked him to lead the national team. (Evening Standard)external-link

Rangers legend Arthur Numan has urged centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 23, to leave Celtic at the first opportunity to help his international career. (Daily Record)external-link

Forward Danny Welbeck, 23, looks like a great buy for Arsenal after his England heroics, says former international midfielder Jamie Redknapp. (Sky Sports)external-link

Zinedine Zidane says it would be "a tragedy" if Real Madrid's £85m forward Gareth Bale, 25, does not play at a major international tournament with Wales. (Wales Online)external-link

Scotland coach Gordon Strachan says he is baffled Watford striker Ikechi Anya, 26, plays only in the Championship when he could be at a club in the Premier League or with Celtic. (Herald)external-link


Real Madrid's new loan signing Javier Hernandez, of Manchester United, shared a picture of himself on Instagramexternal-link featuring two more of the Spanish giants' recruits, Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez and Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

(Left to right) Javier Hernandez, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas
Javier Hernandez (left) wrote: "Thanks for the great supper"

Arsenal attacking midfielder Theo Walcott, 25, tweeted a pictureexternal-link of his meeting with another speedy athlete - former Olympic and current 400m world champion Christine Ohuruogu.

His Arsenal team-mate Lukas Podolski, 29, has tweeted a message of support external-linkfor fellow German and Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher, who left hospital to recover at home from the head injury he suffered during a skiing accident last December.


Ex-Liverpool defender Daniel Agger, 29, has paid to help send Denmark's homeless team to next month's World Cup in Chile. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked that he should be banned "for 40 games" after being involved in an "accidental" collision with Austria's David Alaba while winning his 100th cap for Sweden. (Independent)external-link

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