Arsenal Tiago Tomas transfer EXCLUSIVE, Pogba OUT for Man Utd, Justin injury, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham news

LIVERPOOL and Leicester clash in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend.

Meanwhile we've the very latest on a potential swoop from Arsenal for Thiago Tomas, plus an update on Paul Pogba's health.


Read our live blog below to get the latest from around the clubs…

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    Keisuke Honda has seen his Portimonense contract terminated after just FIVE DAYS.

    The iconic Japanese playmaker, 34, only signed for the Portuguese outfit at the start of the week.

    However, Portimonense were unable to register Honda for their relegation battle in the Primeira Liga, even though he was a free transfer. And the veteran is now without a club after agreeing to axe his deal without making one single appearance.

    But Honda remains hopeful of finding a new side as soon as possible, with the midfielder eager to represent Japan at the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

    Honda, who played 98 times for his country before retiring from full international duty in 2018, had only just left Brazilian outfit Botafogo in December.

    His time with the Samba side was not a success, scoring just three goals in 27 games as Botafogo suffered relegation to Serie B.

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    Lionel Messi has donated the boots he scored his record-breaking 644th goal in to charity to raise money for children with cancer.

    In December the six-time Ballon d'Or winner hit that total in Barcelona's 2-2 draw with Valencia.

    The goal beat Pele's 643 goals for a single club – though the Brazil legend and his former club Santos dispute this.

    Now the boots are sitting encased in the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya in Barcelona.

    They will remain there for a month before they are auctioned off for charity.

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    The FA have revealed former Cardiff winger Nathaniel Mendez-Laing served a three-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.

    Mendez-Laing’s September departure from the Bluebirds was shrouded in mystery after he was only said to have 'breached his contract'.

    The 28-year-old re-emerged at the start of this month when it was announced he had signed for former Cardiff chief Neil Warnock at Championship rivals Middlesbrough on a free transfer.

    But now the FA have stated Mendez-Laing tested positive for the banned drug after the 1-0 win at Bristol City on July 4., in which he played the first 66 minutes. The B-sample confirmed the result the following month.

    Mendez-Laing, who was suspended from August 14 pending the process, told an FA commission he had taken the drug the night before his positive sample – meaning it is considered an 'out of competition' breach under UK anti doping regulations.

    The wideman, in line for his Boro debut at Derby on Saturday, said: “With the help of my family, close friends, my agent, and the PFA during this extremely difficult time, I have been able to overcome my personal hurdles.

    “I now want to leave that period of my life in the past where it belongs. I'm excited about the future and delighted to be back doing what I love."

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    Manchester United will restart their Premier League title bid without in-form midfielder Paul Pogba.

    The French World Cup winner is sidelined with a thigh injury meaning there will be a shakeup in midfield.

    But winter signing Amad Diallo is unlikely to come into the starting XI and will instead fight for a space on the subs bench.

    Keeper Dean Henderson was back in between the posts for United’s FA Cup win against West Ham, keeping a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

    It came days after No1 David de Gea was criticised for conceding three in the 3-3 draw with Everton at Old Trafford.

    Henderson is not expected to keep his position, despite De Gea being at fault for Everton’s first goal.

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    Joey Barton has lifted the lid on his version of his infamous training ground fight with Ousmane Dabo at Manchester City – and offered the Frenchman a shot at ‘revenge’ in a charity match.

    The former midfielder, 38, was hit with a six-match ban by the Football Association in 2008 for assaulting his then Etihad team-mate on May 1, 2007.

    Barton told Robbie Fowler’s podcast: “Dabo slapped me at the training ground so he got put a kip.

    “That was his own fault and if I see him any time and he wants to – you see all these Jake Pauls and that on Youtube, if Ousmane wants to give me a shout and he wants to do it for charity and get his own back… 

    “At the end of the day, where I’m from, if someone opens palms or slaps you or comes towards you to hit you, you don’t stand around and go ‘I’ll see what he’s doing, I’ll see if this dig hurts me’.

    “Ousmane went out the next day because he knew he couldn’t have done anything about it.

    “All his mates were there, Distin’s and all that. After I’d knocked him out, and bear in mind after he’d threw the first dig and got knocked out, [Stuart] Pearce separated us.”

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    Former Chelsea target Nico Barella is reportedly seen as a future Inter Milan captain.

    La Gazzetta dello Sport report on the Italian midfielder being pushed forward as an armband candidate having impressed at the Giuseppe Meazza.

    With a contract to 2024, Inter are confident Barella will stick around for the long-term and succeed current captain Samir Handanovic.

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    Siobhan Chamberlain has praised Manchester United boss Casey Stoney for turning the club into WSL title contenders.

    And the ex-United keeper reckons Stoney's development of young starlets in her side has been instrumental in the team's ascent this season.

    Former England star Chamberlain, 37, told the Press Association: "It's definitely happened a lot quicker than I think a lot of people would have expected.

    "Casey has developed those players – young players who probably weren't recognised as much as they are now.

    "She's developed them into quality players who are performing week in, week out, and that's one of the biggest things, the consistency of performance that you've seen from Manchester United this season."

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    Manchester United could be about to hand debuts to Shola Shoretire and Hannibal Mejbri.

    England youth international Shoretire signed his first pro deal last week and talented playmaker Mejbri is set to join him in first-team training.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “First of all, the young kids – we've moved Shola up with us.

    “Hannibal will join us and we'll keep them with us for a while. I think it's the next step in their development.

    “We've just got to take the hit on them when they play in the reserves that they have to travel by themselves, so they move into our bubble and I think that's a nice step for them. Well deserved because they've done really well.”

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    Looking for your football fix tonight?

    A North-West derby in the Championship is the top port of call for English footie fans as Blackburn host Preston, at 7.45pm on Sky Sports.

    In the Women’s Super League, Manchester City host Manchester United at 7pm.

    There is also action in Spain, Italy and Germany.

    Celta Vigo host Elche in LaLiga and 13th hosts 14th as Bologna face Benevento in Serie A.

    Both of those games are live on Premier Sports with BT Sport showing RB Leipzig versus Augsburg.

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    Timothy Fosu-Mensah has explained his decision to reject a new Manchester United contract and sign for Bayer Leverkusen.

    He said: "It was my decision. The manager was good to me but at the end I was not playing a lot.

    "When you are 22, 23, 24 years old you need to be playing. I didn’t play much and I wanted to. It was the best decision in the end to go somewhere else where I would get more minutes.

    "The club and the manager were good to me. I recovered from a big injury, they helped me, gave me minutes – I played in the FA Cup semi-final and the Europa League semi-final.

    "But it’s important to play regularly and to get my opportunity in the national team too."

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    Swindon have completed an emergency loan deal for Bristol City goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott.

    The seven-day switch has been agreed in time for the Robins’ game with Bristol Rovers following Mark Travers’ return to Bournemouth.

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    Gary Neville told Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt to 'pipe down' during a heated Twitter row.

    The pair disagree on the recent decision to scrap the salary cap rules in Leagues One and Two.

    Holt wrote: "Can't be doing this. I don't agree clubs should be able to spend what they want, taking advantage of clubs weakened by #COVID19. @SalfordCityFC can now spend £50m on player expenditure if they so choose. I really am not interested in his legal preening. It's wrong."

    Neville shot back: Obsessed ! We voted with other L2 clubs for Salary Cap even though we didn't want it so pipe down."

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    Michael O’Neill has given his blessing to Ryan Shawcross’ move to MLS.

    The Stoke captain is set to sign for Inter Miami after almost 14 years at the club.

    The Potters boss told BBC Radio Stoke: “It's come at a good time in his career.

    "This is a great opportunity for him. He's had a fantastic career here and given his all for Stoke City.

    "But he wants to explore opportunities and, if that is to see out his career in the MLS, then I give him my blessing."

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    Southampton coach Radhi Jaidi has left to become assistant manager at Cercle Brugge.

    The Belgian outfit sacked ex-Reading boss Paul Clement last week with the side in the relegation zone.

    Saints have confirmed the news with Jaidi joining former Belgium international Yves Vanderhaeghe after he was named as manager.

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    Manchester United have been asked to go and get another centre-back this summer, according to ESPN.

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reportedly wants Raphael Varane of Real Madrid to partner Harry Maguire.

    But the Red Devils’ shortlist extends deeper with a host of top defenders also eyed.

    Sevilla's Jules Kounde, Aston Villa's Tyrone Mings, Braga's David Carmo and RB Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano are also named, although Bayern Munich are thought to lead the race for the Frenchman.

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    Arsenal are fighting a number of European clubs to keep hold of Folarin Balogun.

    The soon-to-be out of contract forward is being watched by Bayer Leverkusen, Stuttgart and Rennes, according to the Mirror.

    Clubs would have to pay a small fee if nabbing the teenager – but nowhere near how much the Gunners would value him.

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    Marcus Rashford has posted an end-of-school throwback photo alongside three other boys who also became pro footballers.

    Rashford attended Ashton on Mersey School as a teenager, and the three others pictured, like him, all came through United's academy.

    But only ONE of them are still at the club now and can call school dinners hero Rashford a team-mate.

    Taken around seven years ago, Rashford, now 23, is crouching down at the front of the snap he shared on Instagram.

    On the right is his United mate Axel Tuanzebe, looking dapper in his claret blazer. Down the middle is now-Burnley player Jimmy Dunne with Randers FC's Tosin Kehinde left.

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    Dominic Calvert-Lewin is out of Everton’s game with Fulham on Sunday.

    The striker, along with Jordan Pickford, should return for the midweek clash against Manchester City, according to Carlo Ancelotti.

    The coach announced: “Both of them will not be available for the game on Sunday.

    "We are looking for the next game, on Wednesday, where we think both of them will be available.”

    In good news for the Toffees, James Rodriguez is fit after being subbed off against Manchester United a week ago.

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    Dean Smith has explained Ross Barkley’s angry reaction to being substituted in the win over Arsenal last weekend.

    The Aston Villa boss stated: “That was frustration. 

    "Frustration that he wanted to last the 90 minutes and disappointment that we were 1-0 up and he couldn't see the game out.

    "I spoke to him after that, that was my decision. I don't want players coming off the pitch happy; I want players to be disappointed. He'll pay for a new water bottle bag! But, it was simply that.”

    Smith also confirmed that Villa have received no approach from Bournemouth over assistant manager John Terry.

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    Liverpool will be without Fabinho for the game with Leicester.

    The Brazilian joins a long list of defensive absentees including Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Joe Gomez as well as midfielders Diogo Jota and Naby Keita.

    Jurgen Klopp said: “Fab will not be available. He suffered again a little muscle issue, so will be out for this game.”

    The coach added that Jota is ‘two to three weeks away’ from a potential return.

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    Jose Mourinho has accused Gareth Bale of contradicting the facts following a social media post that suggested he was fit to play in the defeat at Everton.

    The Tottenham boss said: “I have to admit that his post created something that needed to be addressed because there was a contradiction between the post and the reality.

    "Since the beginning of the season, in relation to everything, I tried to be very, very private and tried to keep everything indoors but I've felt that I needed to address the situation.

    "Probably the post was not even his responsibility, I don't know, but the post was ‘training session great’, so I'm ready, and it was totally wrong.

    "When I was questioned, I had to say the reality of the things which I repeat for the last time and I hope there are no more questions about it because the situation was exactly the way I said.

    "He was not feeling good, he asked for a scan, he had the scan, the scan did not show an injury but his feelings were still there and coaches and sports science and medical people, we can never go against those feelings because a player's feelings are much more important than all of us so he was not ready for the game.

    "It's as simple as that. If he's ready for tomorrow, he's selected for tomorrow.”

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    David Moyes is optimistic that Michail Antonio will be fit for West Ham’s clash with Sheffield United.

    The striker sat out the FA Cup defeat at Manchester United while suffering from fatigue.

    And the Hammers boss confirmed: “[He is] doing well, he has done a bit on the grass and we’re trying to get him back quickly,.

    “We’re hoping he’ll be available.”

    In contrast, Angelo Ogbonna is out with Moyes putting ‘no time frame’ on the defender’s return from an ankle injury.

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    Leeds may be without Kalvin Phillips for the trip to Arsenal.

    Picking up a knock last time out, the midfielder has been confirmed as a doubt for Sunday’s game.

    Marcelo Bielsa said: “There's not a definite position at the moment whether he'll be able to play or not.”

    Pablo Fernandez is another doubt for the Whites, who have ruled out Ian Poveda and Rodrigo Moreno.

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    Paul Pogba will miss Manchester United’s game with West Brom on Sunday.

    A thigh injury is set to keep the midfielder out for a ‘few weeks’ with Phil Jones also unavailable.

    Eric Bailly may soon be fit for action however, following his return to training.

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