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Shanghai SIPG boss Sven-Goran Eriksson says he will not be signing Manchester United's 31-year-old England forward Wayne Rooney. (Sun)external-link

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says contract negotiations will take place with 29-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi "in the next couple of months". (Telegraph)external-link

Manchester United and England winger Jesse Lingard, 23, is set to sign a new contract that will double his £30,000-a-week wages.(Daily Mail)external-link

Portugal winger Goncalo Guedes is a target for United, but the 19-year-old wants to stay at Benfica until the end of the season.(Record, via Daily Star)external-link

Lyon are set to offer a new deal to 25-year-old France striker Alexandre Lacazette, who is a target for West Ham. (Daily Mirror)external-link

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The Sun's front page carries a story stating that England and Scotland players will not be allowed to wear poppies during their 11 November World Cup qualifier to commemorate Armistice Day

Chelsea are set to loan out Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 29, in January. (Times - subscription required)external-link

The Blues are keen to sign Paris St-Germain's 27-year-old Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)external-link

Real Madrid insist Gareth Bale's new six-year deal is worth half of the post-tax £360,000-a-week sources close to the 27-year-old Wales forward claim he will earn.(Sun)external-link

Manchester United have no intention of selling 27-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in January. (Squawka)external-link

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 29, has held talks with Paris St-Germain about his future at the French champions. (Le Parisien - in French)external-link

Metro's back page previews Barcelona's Champions League visit to Manchester City

Tottenham are considering a January loan move for 24-year-old Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Isco.(Daily Mirror)external-link

Meanwhile, 29-year-old France international Hugo Lloris is Spurs' "best ever goalkeeper", according to former striker Teddy Sheringham.(Evening Standard)external-link

Dutch manager Frank de Boer will be sacked by Inter Milan on Tuesday. (Gazzetta dello Sport)external-link

Sunderland have made a number of staff redundant, sparking fears the club are already preparing for relegation to the Championship. (Daily Mail)external-link

Marseille are interested in Liverpool target Geoffrey Kondogbia, and could move for the 23-year-old Inter Milan midfielder in January. (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)external-link

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When this player was born, the Spice Girls were number one in the UK with Spice Up Your Life. He's certainly spiced up the Manchester United attack since his debut last season - so happy 19th birthday to Marcus Rashford.

Anthony Martial
Anthony Martial tweets his best wishes to team-mate and birthday boy Marcus Rashford

It might have escaped your attention, but Monday was also Halloween. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez posted a fitting photo on his Instagram account.external-link

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez with a little princess and Robocop?

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva external-linkwas one of several Liverpool players to dress up for the occasion - quite an effort as you can see.

Lucas Leiva
Lucas Leiva - top left in case you were wondering - gets in the Halloween spirit along with his family

Manchester United's world record signing Paul Pogba turned out as a "killer rabbit" - a self-styled #Pogbunny - for a videoexternal-link which sees him dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller wearing a rabbit mask.

Paul Pogba
This is what Paul Pogba does in his spare time

As for Chelsea, they used the spooky day to recall the "ghost goal"external-link scored by Liverpool's Luis Garcia that knocked the Blues out of the 2005 Champions League at the semi-final stage. The Reds, of course, went on to win the title.


And the man himself? Well, he wasn't going to let this opportunity pass, posting this photo on his Instagram account...external-link

Luis Garcia

And finally...

Barcelona's 21-year-old defender Marlon missed his team's flight to Manchester for the Champions League match against Manchester City after forgetting his passport. (Daily Mirror)external-link

Former England midfielder Glenn Hoddle will be named Tottenham's "greatest player of all time". (Evening Standard)external-link

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