Tuesday’s latest stories from the world of football in ESPN FC’s What’s Trending…
PREMIER LEAGUE: The Premier League is expected to approve changes that will see the summer transfer window end before the start of the season, according to English newspapers.
LIVERPOOL: Jurgen Klopp says Philippe Coutinho “cannot play for Liverpool in this moment” and labelled the Brazilian’s absence from the team as a “blow,” while Roberto Firmino says it would be “awful” for Coutinho to leave.
– WATCH: Can Liverpool beat Hoffenheim without Coutinho?
– Jurgen Klopp admits Emre Can entering the final 12 months of his Liverpool contract is “not perfect.”
– Klopp says poor officiating, not slack defending, cost Liverpool in their draw at Watford at the weekend and that he cannot remember his side benefiting from an offside goal.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Gianluigi Buffon, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are the three shortlisted players for the UEFA Player of the Year award.
REAL MADRID: Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane says he remains hopeful that Cristiano Ronaldo will be available for Wednesday’s Spanish Super Cup second leg at home to Barcelona — despite his five-match ban for being sent off in Sunday’s first leg.
– WATCH: Is Ronaldo’s ban a positive for Real Madrid?
– Casemiro is quickly becoming indispensable for Real Madrid, Rob Train writes.
MAN UNITED: Henrikh Mkhitaryan admits he was surprised when Chelsea agreed to sell Nemanja Matic to Manchester United this summer — but is glad they did.
– Romelu Lukaku says he has already developed a “special” relationship with new Manchester United teammate Marcus Rashford.
– Matic is not the new Roy Keane but could prove just as essential, Mark Ogden writes.
– WATCH: Tactical analysis of Matic.
TOTTENHAM: Spurs have had a new bid for Fulham youngster Ryan Sessegnon rejected, sources close to the player have told ESPN FC.
BARCELONA: Barcelona have announced that they have reached an agreement with Guangzhou Evergrande for the transfer of Paulinho for €40 million.
– The Paulinho deal suggests the lack of a backup plan at Barcelona, Sam Marsden writes.
ARSENAL: Jack Wilshere played his first game since April by completing 73 minutes for Arsenal’s under-23s on Monday as he steps up his recovery from an ankle fracture.
CHELSEA: Eden Hazard and Tiemoue Bakayoko have taken another step toward full fitness by returning to first-team training at Chelsea this week, although neither is likely to be fit enough to feature against Tottenham on Sunday.
– Chelsea have fined Diego Costa two weeks’ wages for failing to return to training as the dispute over his future rumbles on, according to reports.
– Costa earlier accused Chelsea of treating him like a “criminal” this summer, and revealed that he has lost all respect for Antonio Conte as a person over the Italian’s handling of the situation.
– WATCH: A pathway to reconciliation between Chelsea and Costa?
JUVENTUS: Leonardo Bonucci says his spat with coach Massimiliano Allegri was one of the reasons he chose to leave the club for AC Milan this summer.
NICE: The club will be without Mario Balotelli and Wesley Sneijder for Wednesday’s UEFA Champions League playoff first leg at Napoli.
WEST HAM: Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho is close to joining West Ham United in a deal worth around £30 million, according to reports.
BAYERN MUNICH: President Uli Hoeness has criticised Douglas Costa over his demands for more money while at the Bundesliga champions.
SOUTHAMPTON: Southampton have announced a partnership with Jisheng Gao and his family, with reports claiming the Chinese businessman has purchased 80 percent of the Premier League club.
MLS: Orlando City hit back at the decision to give Kaka a red card following a “playful interaction” with a former teammate on Saturday, but said it would not appeal against the punishment.
– New York City FC rookie Jonathan Lewis drew high praise from manager Patrick Vieira and his teammates after scoring with a remarkable strike for his first MLS goal on Saturday.
SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP: Police are probing “threatening comments” made against Hibernian boss Neil Lennon having earlier received complaints about his conduct during a match against Rangers at the weekend.
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