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Paul Pogba rejected a £62m move to Chelsea despite Juventus agreeing to sell the 22-year-old France midfielder. (Gazzetta Dello Sport, in Italian)external-link

Bayern Munich president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says the club turned down a "sensational" bid from Manchester United for 25-year-old Germany forward Thomas Muller. (Sun - subscription required)external-link

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 28, says he almost left Tottenham for Manchester United during the transfer window. (Daily Mail)external-link

Roy Hodgson has been accused of disrespecting San Marino after joking there may have been space in his squad for some of the country's cricketers, as his England side prepare for Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier. (Daily Star)external-link

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Back page of Saturday's Sun

England winger Andros Townsend, 24, believes he may have to leave Tottenham in the January transfer window for regular football and to secure his Euro 2016 place. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 28, says Chelsea's players are backing manager Jose Mourinho and can still win the title, despite the Blues' poor start to the season. (Daily Mail)external-link

England striker Wayne Rooney, 29, admits he does not know much about Manchester United's new £36m signing Anthony Martial, but thinks the 19-year-old France forward will be a good addition at Old Trafford. (Daily Mail)external-link

Italy and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 25, who is on loan at AC Milan, is 3kg overweight, according to Rossoneri manager Sinisa Mihajlovic. (Gazzetta Dello Sport - in Italian)external-link

France defender Mathieu Debuchy, 30, is considering leaving Arsenal after losing his place to 20-year-old Spaniard Hector Bellerin. (Daily Express)external-link

Victor Valdes, 33, is not being given a second chance by Manchester United despite the Spain goalkeeper being named in Louis van Gaal's Premier League squad. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Everton had a loan move for Real Madrid's Russia winger Denis Cheryshev, 24, turned down before the transfer window shut. (Daily Star)external-link

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The agent of Juventus defender Daniele Rugani says the Italian club have no plans to part with the 21-year-old despite interest from Arsenal. (Talksport)external-link

Players' union chief Gordon Taylor has accused Chelsea of "warehousing" stars and influencing competitions across Europe with 33 players out on loan. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 23, has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson was impressed with him after they had a touchline row in 2012 when he was at Liverpool. (Independent)external-link

Southampton are considering their options over the future of record signing Gaston Ramirez, after failing to sell Uruguay midfielder during the transfer window. Saints may try to loan the 24-year-old to a Championship club or terminate his contract. (Southern Daily Echo) external-link

Chelsea keeper Thibaut Courtois, 23, says he is pleased to see Belgium team-mate Kevin de Bruyne, 24, back in the Premier League despite him signing for rivals Manchester City during the summer window. (Daily Express)external-link

Stoke are set to end their status as the only Premier League club without a player out on loan, by allowing 23-year-old Brazilian defender Dionatan Teixeira to leave for first-team experience. (Stoke Sentinel)external-link

Newcastle's Wales defender Paul Dummett, 23, has suffered another setback on his return from a hamstring injury. (Shields Gazette)external-link

Brighton midfielder Rohan Ince, 22, has ended speculation over his future by signing a new three-year contract with the Championship leaders. (The Argus)external-link

Mel Morris, the multi-millionaire new owner of Derby County, 58, has told head coach Paul Clement he is under no pressure to gain promotion to the Premier League this season. (Sky Sports)external-link

Nottingham Forest hope to complete the loan signing of Crystal Palace's Wales midfielder Jonny Williams, 21. (Nottingham Post)external-link

Best of social media

Raheem Sterling posted an Instagram picture with England team-mate Fabian Delph accompanied by the emojis of two snakes and a plane in a reference to their controversial moves to Manchester City earlier in the summer.

Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph
England's Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph on their way to San Marino

Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings is staying positive after being ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. The 22-year-old tweeted external-linka poem from Chris Butler reading: "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, I'll always get up after I fall. And whether I run, walk or have to crawl, I'll set my goals and achieve them all."

David Beckham's wife, Victoria, has tweetedexternal-link a picture of the latest addition to the ex-England captain's household, a spaniel called Olive, who they call their "new baby".

Four of Spain's Premier League-based players posed for a selfie posted on Twitterexternal-link by Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta.

And finally...

Doncaster Rovers manager Paul Dickov sees the funny side after being snapped by a fan while asleep on a train. (The Star)external-link

Paul Dickov
Doncaster manager Paul Dickov (right) lets the train take the strain

Former Middlesbrough and Sunderland defender Julio Arca has signed for Northern League side South Shields. The 34-year-old Argentine, who retired from the professional game in 2013, is set to make his debut next week against Stokesley. (Shields Gazette)external-link

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