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Barcelona monitoring Gabriel Martinelli's World Cup performances - Paper Talk

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Barcelona are watching Gabriel Martinelli's World Cup progress closely.

Newcastle's record signing Alexander Isak will miss the club's mid-season friendlies and faces a race against time to be fit for the return of the Premier League.

The England camp are keeping their body clocks on UK time to combat the heat and help adapt to the unusually late 10pm kick-off times at the World Cup.

Gabriel Martinelli shone in Brazil's shock defeat to Cameroon
Image: Barcelona are reportedly tracking Gabriel Martinelli's performances at the World Cup with Brazil

Qatari riot police turned on football supporters on Tuesday night ahead of the World Cup clash between Spain and Morocco, with fans fearing they could be trampled.

Barcelona have approached Frenkie de Jong's entourage in an effort to lower the Dutchman's wage and free up funds for upcoming transfer moves, according to reports.

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Bristol Rovers are facing a battle to keep hold of teenage whizz kid Kofi Shaw with Premier League interest soaring.

The Football Association has refused to disclose which version of events Gareth Southgate was given following the break-in which saw Raheem Sterling leave England's World Cup squad.

Eddie Jones staged one last act of defiance - by refusing to agree the statement announcing his England exit should say he had 'parted ways' and insisting it said he was 'dismissed'


The France national team have strongly denied claims there was some form of training ground bust-up just days before their World Cup quarter-final clash against England.

Argentina hope to have Angel Di Maria back for their clash with Holland.

Angry Everton fans have written an open letter to owner Farhad Moshiri demanding major changes - including the removal of chairman Bill Kenwright.


Spain players show their disappointment after losing on penalties to Morocco
Image: Spain crashed out of the World Cup after failing to score a penalty in their shootout defeat to Morocco

Spain boss Luis Enrique instructed his squad to each take 1,000 penalties before their shootout defeat to Morocco.

Alejandro Garnacho is reportedly set to see his wages increase by 10 times in a new Manchester United contract.

Tottenham are considering a January move for Barcelona star Franck Kessie.

Manchester United are keen on a dramatic reunion with Memphis Depay.

Former Chelsea head coach Thomas Tuchel could replace Hansi Flick as Germany boss.

Matty Cash bumped into Brazilian legend Ronaldinho days after being dumped out of the World Cup.

Rodrigo Bentancur will be out for up to a month with a torn abductor.

Chelsea have committed to a massive redevelopment of Stamford Bridge - ending suggestions the club will relocate to a new stadium.

Drug busters found 73 anti-doping rule violations at the London Olympics.


Newcastle United still intend to send Garang Kuol out on loan in January and have received significant interest in the 18-year-old from home and abroad, but his temporary destination is yet to be decided.

Norwich fans launch campaign for Justin Fashanu statue.


Raheem Sterling will take more time to decide whether to return to Qatar before England's World Cup quarter-final against France after the burglary of his Surrey home.

Raheem Sterling started the games against Iran and the USA before he was dropped for the win over Wales
Image: Raheem Sterling left the England camp to return to the UK after his family home was burgled


England and Premier League footballers are dismayed by the security arrangements made for them by their clubs with players even ready to have safety measures written into their contracts.

Steve Borthwick is expected to be confirmed as the new England head coach by the end of the week after the Rugby Football Union opened negotiations with his club Leicester Tigers.

Steve Smith is eyeing up a first stint in the County Championship in order to prepare for Australia's Ashes defence next summer.

England got to work on how to beat France and stop Kylian Mbappe's "super strengths" just six hours after their 3am return to their hotel following the last-16 win over Senegal.


Cristiano Ronaldo was spotted being the first player down the tunnel while his Portugal team-mates stayed on the pitch to celebrate their 6-1 win over Switzerland at the World Cup.

Cristiano Ronaldo reacts after having an effort ruled out for offside
Image: Cristiano Ronaldo was dropped for Portugal's last-16 demolition of Switzerland

Aston Villa could pull off a shock transfer in January amid claims that they are leading the race to sign Portugal forward Joao Felix.

Arsenal and Chelsea are among a small cluster of Premier League sides to have contacted the representatives of midfielder Yunus Musah, according to reports.

Mikel Arteta could be facing more World Cup woe as Germany are reportedly lining up a move to offer Per Mertesacker a leading role in their reshuffle at senior level.

Arsenal have been told that Gabriel Martinelli could change position as part of a January transfer window plan to replace Gabriel Jesus following the striker's injury.


Rangers have unveiled a £6m plan to drastically upgrade disabled facilities and increase the overall capacity at Ibrox.

Forgotten Moussa Dembele could reportedly leave Lyon for as little as £5m in January as the Ligue 1 side look to cash in on the former Celtic striker.

Contract rebel Nicolas Raskin is set to hold crunch talks with Standard Liege over a new deal with Rangers touted as one of the clubs keeping tabs on the midfielder.


Cameron Carter-Vickers' father has revealed how watching his son make his debut at the World Cup left him in tears.

Hearts are plotting a stunning January swoop to bring former Jambos star Callum Paterson back to Tynecastle.

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