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Transfer Rater: Malcom to Arsenal, Juan Mata to Juventus

2 weeks 3 days hence
Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Declan Rice to Chelsea The Blues are monitoring the West Ham United star's contract negotiations and could make a move next summer if he hasn't signed a new deal. According...
Adam Newson, Football Whispers

Didier Deschamps: Ousmane Dembele must 'pay attention,' improve tardiness habit

8 hours 46 minutes ago
The FC panel answer your tweets on Liverpool's precarious position in Group C, how Cavani's absence affected PSG and if Ousmane Dembele or Malcom is more likely to leave Barca. Mauricio Pochettino feels sorry for Mousa Dembele after he picked up an injury and hopes he will return to the team soon. France coach Didier Deschamps says Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele must improve his professionalism to make it at the top level. Sources told ESPN FC last month that bad habits were holding Dembele back at Barca and his punctuality has been the centre of attention this week. Dembele, 21, didn't turn up for training on Thursday and it took Barca's staff 90 minutes to locate him at home, where the club said he was struggling with a stomach bug. He then trained alone on Friday and then arrived late...
Sam Marsden

Liga MX Power Rankings: Tigres on verge of playoff berth as Pumas, Monterrey clinch

9 hours 37 minutes ago
MEXICO CITY - The international dates will add a layer of intrigue to Mexico's regular season finale, as Week 17 will be pushed back to accommodate the plethora of national teams that will take the field in the coming days. Most of the playoff field has been set, but there is still the chance we'll see some surprises towards the very end of the Apertura 2018. - Latest Liga MX standings | Schedule | Latest Playoff Picture 1. CRUZ AZUL Record: 10W-3D-3L Week 15 ranking: 1 There...
Eric Gomez

Man City's third goal vs. Man United was a two-minute demonstration of Pep Guardiola's stunning football

9 hours 49 minutes ago
Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides. The move lasted exactly two minutes. When Manchester City scored for the final time that afternoon, lifting them to a 3-1 win over rivals Manchester United, the move to get them there featured a wondrous and uninterrupted sequence of possession. This was not a mere goal; this was a short film directed by Pep Guardiola. Fittingly, given his stellar performance all afternoon, its main actor was David Silva. Silva is 32 years old, a stage of career by which most footballers have become shadows...
Musa Okwonga

Manchester City's Fernandinho: Pep Guardiola trying to give me as much rest as possible

11 hours 11 minutes ago
Sergio Aguero shrugs off talk of an unbeaten Premier League season after Manchester City's victory over rivals Manchester United. Steve Nicol and Craig Burley examine Manchester City's dominance of rivals Man United in a 3-1 derby win that showed the gulf between the two sides. David Silva, Sergio Aguero and Ilkay Gündogan all scored for Manchester City as they dominated Manchester United in a 3-1 victory. Craig Burley breaks down Manchester City's 3-1 win over Manchester United, which he says demonstrates the gap in quality between the two rivals. MANCHESTER, England -- Fernandinho has said that Manchester City are trying to give him as much as rest as possible with no direct alternative for his holding midfield role. Pep Guardiola wants two players for every position and had wanted to bring in Jorginho in the summer but missed out when the Italy international followed manager Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea from Napoli instead. City have been looking at alternatives, with Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong and Wolves' Ruben Neves scouted...
Jonathan Smith

Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge charged by FA over betting offences

11 hours 14 minutes ago
Fernando Torres insists he felt like he had completed everything he needed to in Europe before he moved to Japan's Sagan Tosu from Atletico Madrid. Daniel Sturridge has been charged with misconduct in relation to alleged breaches of the English Football Association's rules on betting. The Liverpool striker has until 6 p.m. local time on Nov. 20 to respond to the charges. "Daniel has given his full and unequivocal cooperation throughout this process and has assured the club he will continue to do so," a Liverpool spokesman said of the charge. ESPN Luck Index ESPN's Luck Index: Revealed The ESPN Luck Index is a comprehensive research project commissioned by ESPN in partnership with Intel, carried out by the University of Bath, to examine how the Premier League would look if luck were not a factor. Marcotti: Luck Index smashes cliche Jurgen Klopp reacts to Luck Index Luck Index Premier League lessons Top 10 games where luck played a part "Daniel has also stated categorically that he has never gambled on football. "As with any issue of...
Glenn Price

Edinson Cavani's hat trick beats Memphis Depay to top of Player Power Rankings

11 hours 18 minutes ago
ESPN FC's Paul Mariner and Ross Dyer share their thoughts on the top player performances across the footballing world at the weekend. Edinson Cavani scored a hat-trick, while Neymar converted a penalty to help Paris Saint-Germain come away victorious against a hapless Monaco. A pair of hat-trick heroes finish in podium places in our Player Power Rankings. Our global editors pick their top 10 performers from the weekend. (function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(d.getElementById(id))return;js=d.createElement(s);;js.src='';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}(document,'script','playbuzz-sdk')); Also receiving votes: Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig), Diego Godin (Atletico Madrid), Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis), Salomon Rondon (Newcastle). Let us know what you think of the countdown by commenting below or on Twitter using #ESPNFCrankings.

Mourinho deserves medal of honour at Man Utd - McCarthy

11 hours 44 minutes ago

Benni McCarthy says he looks no further than the methods of his former boss Jose Mourinho when gauging the great managers of the world as he plots his own coaching path at Cape Town City. McCarthy recently gained his UEFA Pro License, putting him on a par in terms of qualifications with managers across Europe's elite leagues, and recently collected his first piece of silverware with the MTN8 in September. 
The former Bafana Bafana striker played under Mourinho at FC Porto and...
Nick Said

Horseshoe factory is lucky charm for title-winning Jansson

12 hours 24 minutes ago
Robin Jansson went from horseshoes to hero. For Swedish defender Robin Jansson, horseshoes certainly proved to be a lucky charm. The 26-year-old scored the goal that clinched AIK's first league title in nine years on Sunday, just seven months after leaving a job in a horseshoe factory to join the Stockholm club. Jansson headed home the only goal in a 1-0 win over Kalmar to complete an unlikely journey that began as a semi-professional in the third tier. "Eight, nine months ago I wouldn't have believed (I'd be standing here). It's a fantastic...
Mattias Karen

Scottish-born Martin Boyle eager to make international debut for Australia

12 hours 27 minutes ago
Andrew Nabbout has had a tough journey back to the Socceroos after his injury in the World Cup. He set foot in Australia for the first time earlier this week but Martin Boyle could be the latest Socceroos debutant come Saturday. The 25-year-old Scottish-born Boyle has swapped tartan for green and gold and is in the mix to line up for Graham Arnold's men against South Korea in Brisbane. Boyle, whose father Graeme was born in Sydney, was a part of the national team squad for Arnold's first match in charge against Kuwait last month but was ineligible as he had yet to receive his Australian passport. A...
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