Manchester United make Alex Sandro No.1 target as Brazilian pushes for Juventus exit

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Brazil international Alex Sandro is pushing Juventus to be allowed to leave the Serie A club in the January transfer window. Principal among the left-back’s suitors are Manchester United , who regard the 26-year-old as the best option to strengthen a problem position in Jose Mourinho ‘s squad. United’s pursuit of a player coveted by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and courted by Manchester City last summer, forms part of a drive to strengthen the English Premier League club’s squad for the second half of a pivotal season. Mourinho, who is…

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Zinedine Zidane: Christiano Ronaldo is best player in history

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Cristiano Ronaldo is the greatest player of all time, according to his Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane. Portugal forward Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or on Friday, taking him level with Lionel Messi’s record. “The stats speak for themselves. He’s the best player in the history of football,” said former France player Zidane, who won the award in 1998. “Cristiano Ronaldo is better than me by far, but I’m not bothered because I had a good career.” The former Real playmaker added: “He’ll always be up here for me. Many…

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David De Gea “gets Madrid ultimatum”

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David De Gea was within a whisker of joining Real Madrid in 2015 — and now it seems as though it’s next summer or never if he is to move to the Bernabeu. Reports from Spain say Madrid president Florentino Perez “has sounded a warning to De Gea” that his club will move for Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois if a transfer cannot be achieved by then. Madrid have not lost interest in signing Spain international De Gea despite their narrow failure to do so a couple of summers ago. And the…

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Napoli moved four points clear at the top of Serie A with victory over struggling AC Milan.

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Napoli moved four points clear at the top of Serie A with an assured home victory over struggling AC Milan. Lorenzo Insigne – the forward Italy whom did not bring on as they failed to qualify for the World Cup on Monday – opened the scoring with his seventh goal of the season in all competitions. The goal was initially ruled out for offside but, after consulting with his video assistant, the referee gave it. Piotr Zielinski doubled Napoli’s lead after the break, before Alessio Romagnoli’s brilliant consolation in injury…

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PSG extends their lead at the top of Ligue 1with win against Nantes

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Paris St-Germain extended their lead at the top of Ligue 1 to six points with a 4-1 victory at home to Nantes. Edinson Cavani’s low drive from inside the box put Unai Emery’s side ahead and Angel di Maria’s cross snuck in to double the lead before half-time. Prejuce Nakoulma turned in from close range to give Nantes hope, but Javier Pastore’s fierce angled strike and Cavani’s second sealed the victory. Cavani’s double moved him up to 15 goals from 13 league games this season. He is the first player…

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Robert Lewandowski scores twice as Bayern Munich beat Bavarian rivals Augsburg

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Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich beat Bavarian rivals Augsburg to extend their unbeaten start under Jupp Heynckes. Arturo Vidal fired them into the lead from close range and then set up Lewandowski’s opening goal. The Poland striker got his second – his 13th goal in as many league games this season – from Joshua Kimmich’s cross. Bayern are now six points above second-placed Leipzig, who drew 2-2 at Bayer Leverkusen after twice leading. Timo Werner and Emil Forsberg put Leipzig in front on two occasions from the penalty…

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Leganes 0-3 Barcelona: Luis Suarez scores twice for league leaders

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Barcelona extended their lead at the top of La Liga to seven points after two goals from Luis Suarez helped fire them to a 3-0 win at Leganes. Ernesto Valverde’s side struggled to create openings against their well-organised opponents but grabbed the breakthrough in the 28th minute. Paco Alcacer’s cross-shot was parried by goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and Suarez pounced to net the rebound from close range. Barca doubled their lead after 60 minutes when Alcacer’s strike was blocked by Cuellar and Suarez again reacted sharpest to acrobatically rifle his effort…

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City rivals share the spoils as Ronaldo woes continue

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Neither Atletico Madrid nor Real Madrid were able to close the gap on La Liga leaders Barcelona as they played out an absorbing 0-0 draw in the Madrid derby at Wanda Metropolitano. In a game that usually delivers goals, chances were few and far between although Angel Correa, Toni Kroos and Kevin Gameiro will all feel that they should have scored. Both teams’ big players failed to deliver with Antoine Griezmann extending his goalless run for Atletico to eight games while Cristiano Ronaldo’s worst start to a La Liga season…

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Crystal Palace 2-2 Everton: Everton fight back to draw at Palace

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Everton twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace which leaves the hosts still rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table. Palace took the lead after just 51 seconds – their second fastest goal in Premier League history – as Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s shot was palmed by Jordan Pickford straight to James McArthur, who made no mistake from close range. But Everton levelled contentiously from the penalty spot just five minutes later as Leighton Baines converted after Scott Dann was penalised for a foul on…

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Arsenal 2-0 Tottenham

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Arsenal stole the bragging rights in north London with a 2-0 victory over neighbours Tottenham at The Emirates Stadium on Saturday. There was talk pre-match of a power shift in this area of London after Spurs finished above the Gunners last season but goals from Shkodran Mustafi (36) and Alexis Sanchez (41) ended Arsenal’s longest ever winless run against their fiercest rivals (six games). Both goals seemed to irk the Tottenham coaching staff, who could be seen remonstrating with the officials at half-time over some debatable calls from referee Mike…

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