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Football transfer rumours: João Felix to Manchester United for £100m?

Today’s fluff has got apple pie in the sky hopesJoão Félix, the 19-year-old Benfica forward, is in the kind of form that was bound to attract somebody’s notice. In each of his last three league appearances he has scored and assisted a goal, helping his…

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Football transfer rumours: Ivan Perisic ‘betrothed’ to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff goes to my headIvan Perisic, half-heartedly targeted by Arsenal in January, could be on his way to the other side of north London come the summer, with Tuttosport linking Tottenham to the Croatian. The paper says that Mauricio Pochettino …

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Football transfer rumours: Ivan Perisic ‘betrothed’ to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff goes to my headIvan Perisic, half-heartedly targeted by Arsenal in January, could be on his way to the other side of north London come the summer, with Tuttosport linking Tottenham to the Croatian. The paper says that Mauricio Pochettino …

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Football should not let irresponsible few tarnish its civil majority | Simon Burnton

Disgraceful actions at Southampton added to other recent high-profile invective could give a misleading impression of bleakness creeping across Premier League terracesPerhaps the most depressing thing about reports that some Southampton fans had been f…

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Manchester City v Chelsea: Premier League – live!

Premier League updates from the 4pm GMT kick-offGuardiola hails Higuaín as City prepare for ChelseaEmail Simon your thoughts or tweet @Simon_Burnton 3.06pm GMT Oleksandr Zinchenko is the unexpected name in the City line-up. He makes his fourth Premier …

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Barcelona v Real Madrid: Copa del Rey semi-final – live!

Minute-by-minute updates from the Copa del Rey semi-finalMeet the new Villarreal boss. Same as the old Villarreal bossFeel free to email Simon, or tweet him @Simon_Burnton 7.04pm GMT Lionel Messi starts on the bench for Barcelona, with Malcom taking hi…

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‘A magical figure’: Trevor Francis on being the first £1m player, 40 years on

Days from the anniversary of his record move to Nottingham Forest, Francis discuss Clough, six failed transfer requests and his ongoing pride“I played professional football for 23 years until I was 39, I won European Cups with Nottingham Forest, I play…

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Football transfer rumours: Lorenzo Insigne to Liverpool for £61m?

Today’s fluff clears away the cobwebs and the sorrowLiverpool may be top of the table for now, but much more of the uninspired bilge they served up at West Ham yesterday and instead of preparing for open-top bus tours they will be planning a Europa Lea…

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Tottenham v Watford, Bournemouth v Chelsea and more – live!

Keep up with all the action in the Premier LeagueFollow Liverpool v Leicester with Jacob SteinbergAnd feel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.34pm GMT Jürgen Klopp says he did not watch Manchester City’s defeat to Newcastle yesterday, prefer…

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Football transfer rumours: Ivan Rakitic to Chelsea or Arsenal?

Today’s fluff sat on a fence but it don’t workChelsea are preparing a summer swoop for Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, reports the Spanish paper Sport. Barcelona, having agreed the transfer of Frenkie de Jong and with Adrien Rabiot likely to follow, have a g…

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Football transfer rumours: Andrea Belotti or Maxi Gómez to West Ham?

Today’s fluff cuts you deep and leaves a scar According to the front page of TuttoSport the idea of Andrea Belotti moving from Torino to West Ham “is no joke”. As headlines go it’s not the most encouraging, but just a year or so ago this would have bee…

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Rafael Nadal v Frances Tiafoe: Australian Open quarter-final – live!

Stefanos Tsitsipas extends fairytale by beating Bautista AgutDanielle Collins continues Melbourne run to reach semisFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 10.40am GMT First set: Nadal* 6-3 Tiafoe Tiafoe has Nadal on the defensive at 15-15 but…

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Five West Indies players to watch against England

From Roston Chase to Shimron Hetmyer, the players who could give England problems during the forthcoming Test seriesSpin-bowling all-rounder who has been outscored by only Kraigg Brathwaite over the 30 months since his Test debut. He disappointed on th…

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Petra Kvitova v Ashleigh Barty: Australian Open quarter-finals – live!

Australian Open updates from the quarter-final matchSerena Williams too hot for Halep in tense battleFeel free to email Simon or tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.32am GMT On the Rod Laver Arena at the moment, Danielle Collins is smashing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova…

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Football transfer rumours: Andy Carroll to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasonsTottenham have identified the perfect person to deputise for their occasionally injured English striker Harry Kane, and it is the almost permanently injured English striker Andy Carroll. The W…

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Football transfer rumours: Andy Carroll to Tottenham?

Today’s fluff can see no reasons ’cause there are no reasonsTottenham have identified the perfect person to deputise for their occasionally injured English striker Harry Kane, and it is the almost permanently injured English striker Andy Carroll. The W…

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Premier League team news, transfer latest: weekend countdown – live!

Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekendTransfer interactive – every deal from Europe’s top five leaguesAnd you can email Simon, tweet @Simon_Burnton or post BTL 10.07am GMT Some news from Leicester, where Marc Albrighton has signed a new…

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Juventus v Milan: Supercoppa Italiana – live!

Serie A champions meet Coppa Italia runners up in Saudi ArabiaSupercoppa controversy rages over Saudi treatment of womenEmail simon.burnton@theguardian.com Tweet @Simon_Burnton 5.05pm GMT Milan will apparently start like this: Donnarumma; Calabria, Zap…

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The Fiver | Something to tell their children about. And their children’s children

Sign up now! Sign up now! Sign up now? Sign up now!There was a point in the game between Blackeye Rovers and Newcastle United when Isaac Hayden, who had come on for the injured Jamaal Lascelles, who had come on for the injured Ciaran Clark, went down i…

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Blackburn v Newcastle: FA Cup third-round replay – live!

Follow all the action from Ewood Park (kick-off 7.45pm GMT) Late Ritchie penalty denies Blackburn victory at NewcastleAnd email Simon or feel free to tweet @Simon_Burnton 7.26pm GMT Thinking about the team changes for tonight’s game, I wonder why some …