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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is ready to re-integrate Antonio Rudiger into his first-team plans following heart-to-heart talks with the 27-year-old Germany central defender, who has been linked with Tottenham and Paris St-Germain. (Mail)external-link

Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi, 28, rejected Arsenal’s offer of a contract extension in the summer and has informed the club he plans to leave when his current deal expires at the end of the season. (Football London)external-link

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta disagreed with technical director Edu over the deadline-day signing of Ghanaian Thomas Partey, 27, from Atletico Madrid, with Lyon’s 22-year-old France international Houssem Aouar his preferred midfield target. (L’Equipe via Sport Witness)external-link

Three Premier League players failed a drugs test during the 2019-20 season but escaped punishment as they were granted a therapeutic use exemption, which allows an athlete to take a prescribed substance for medical reasons. (The Athletic)external-link

Liverpool have no interest in signing Schalke defender Ozan Kabak and were bemused by reports linking them with the 20-year-old Turkey international over the weekend. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

Football Association chairman Greg Clarke raised the threat of a European breakaway by top clubs at the start of talks over Project Big Picture back in February. (Guardian) external-link

Crystal Palace have opened talks with English winger Andros Townsend, 29, over a new contract after fending off summer interest from West Brom. (Football Insider)external-link

West Brom boss Slaven Bilic is fuming with Baggies chiefs after Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, 29, was allowed to join Saudi Professional League side Al-Ittihad behind his back. (Sun)external-link

Tottenham hope to negotiate an early termination of English left-back Danny Rose’s contract, but the 30-year-old intends to demand the full £2.5m-plus remaining on his deal, which runs until June next year. (Football Insider)external-link

The Premier League may sideline the Football Association to persuade the Home Office to bring in a special visa system, as the row over post-Brexit quotas continues. (Mail)external-link

Premier League chiefs will discuss making a U-turn over the pay-per-view row after “disastrous” viewing figures. (Mirror)external-link

West Ham players are backing manager David Moyes to be handed a contract extension following the club’s resurgence since lockdown but the club’s owners may delay opening talks until they are fully convinced the club will not be dragged into a relegation fight. (Mail)external-link

Barcelona and France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 26, has dismissed suggestions of a move to Arsenal. (Canal+, via Football London)external-link

Italy sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora has said Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, is being investigated for returning to the country having tested positive for coronavirus. (Star)external-link

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English midfielder Henri Lansbury, 30, has turned down an offer from Aston Villa to end his contract at the club. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)external-link

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City considered signing a striker in the summer transfer window but could not find the right deal. (Manchester Evening News)external-link

Former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien has backed Frank Lampard to find the right formula at Stamford Bridge after an inconsistent start to the season. (

Arsenal fans have raised £34,000 for a local charity by donating to it instead of paying to watch Sunday’s pay-per-view game against Leicester. (London Evening Standard)external-link

An Everton supporter is hoping to find a wall in Liverpool city centre after crowdfunding £5,000 for a new mural to celebrate the club. (Liverpool Echo)external-link

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