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Manchester City are ready to make a fresh bid for Everton and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, next summer after the Toffees' £50m valuation drove them away during the last transfer window. (Guardian)external-link

Manchester United are ready to reject a move for one of their former heroes, 29-year-old Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, to avoid upsetting their current crop of players.(Metro)external-link

Real Madrid are interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 27. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Ross Barkley
Everton playmaker Ross Barkley was part of the England squad at this summer's World Cup

Roma want 15-year-old Stromsgodset midfielder Martin Odegaard, who is also a target for Manchester United and Liverpool. (Daily Express)external-link

Arsenal and Liverpool midfield target Isco, 22, will not be sold by Real Madrid in January, according to coach Carlo Ancelotti.(Daily Star)external-link

Manchester United want Netherlands defender Ron Vlaar, 29, who is out of contract at Aston Villa at the end of the season. Arsenal are also interested. (Daily Express)external-link

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet says he was "hurt badly" when 29-year-old right-back Phil Bardsley left the club to join Stoke last summer.(Daily Star)external-link


Manchester United players were unhappy with manager Louis van Gaal's substitution of winger Angel Di Maria, 26, during their shock 5-3 defeat at Leicester. (Daily Mail)external-link

Van Gaal questioned the role of Wayne Rooney, 28, as a striker and Juan Mata, 26, in midfield ahead of the game at Leicester. (Sun - subscription required) external-link

Liverpool could have nearly £7m of Champions League money withheld as Uefa looks into whether the Anfield club breached Financial Fair Play rules. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Watford and West Ham boss Gianfranco Zola is on Fulham's five-man managerial shortlist along with Chris Hughton, Tim Sherwood, Steve Clarke and caretaker-boss Kit Symons. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Gianfranco Zola
Gianfranco Zola took Watford to the Championship play-off final in 2013

Cardiff have not given up hope of bringing in Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade as their new manager, despite the League One club rejecting three approaches for him. (Western Mail)external-link

Former Newcastle and West Ham manager Glenn Roeder could return to football by becoming sporting director at Cardiff. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand, 35, is being considered as the Football Association's candidate for British vice-president on Fifa's executive committee. (Daily Mail)external-link

Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor is trying to get parliamentary support for a plan that will mean Premier League clubs having to field a minimum of four homegrown players. (Times - subscription required)external-link

Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen believes Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal does not rate 19-year-old summer signing Luke Shaw, who at £31.5m is the most expensive left-back in the world. (Talksport)external-link

Despite being sent off against Leicester at the weekend, Manchester United defender Tyler Blackett, 20, is set to be fast-tracked into the England team. (Daily Telegraph)external-link

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 25, believes he is targeted for criticism more than other players, but the World Cup winner insists he has nothing to prove. (Daily Star)external-link

Former Newcastle, Wimbledon and Luton manager Joe Kinnear is still hopeful of a return to management. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

Defender Daniel Agger, 29, says he left Liverpool during the summer to join Brondby as he did not feel appreciated by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. (Daily Telegraph)external-link


Former France and Arsenal winger Robert Pires, 40, was given an impressive welcome as he arrived in India to play in the Indian Super League, which starts in October. He tweeted:external-link "Didn't know I had so many fans in India!!!"

Fans welcome Robert Pires on his arrival in India
Fans welcome Robert Pires on his arrival in India


AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, 32, celebrated being the strongest footballer on computer game Fifa 15 by bench-pressing a member of staffexternal-link at the game's launch in London. (Twitter)

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