Alexis Sanchez appeared to be on the brink of a move to Pep Guardiola's Manchester City side. But Manchester United were waiting in the wings with a huge financial package to tempt the Chilean.
Chelsea are weighing up a £40million double swoop for experienced striker Edin Dzeko and his Roma team-mate Emerson Palmieri, the left back.
Despite suffering their first defeat in the Premier League last time out against Liverpool, Manchester City's stars were in a cheerful mood as they trained ahead of their clash with Newcastle.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW - ADAM CRAFTON: Pulling into his driveway the night before Christmas Eve, Garry Monk took the phone call that would change his festive plans in an instant.
The Guardian reported on Thursday that world governing body FIFA had pinpointed 25 cases after carrying out an investigation into the club's recruitment of players aged under 18.
AC Milan and Diesel have combined to create a new line of clothing, modelled by the club's players. The club's fashion partners have designed the clothes with camouflage in the famous red and black.
Chelsea's campaign to kick anti-Semitism out of football continued on Thursday as they invited inspirational holocaust survivor Harry Spiro to give a talk in front of the first team.
EXCLUSIVE - KIERAN GILL: Video referee Mike Jones, who watched the incident more than 10 times on his monitors at Stockley Park in west London, did not have access to vital pictures.
MARTIN SAMUEL - CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: It has always been easy to think negatively of Mike Ashley. Sometimes, he makes it so. Other times, perceptions are manipulated.
Wenger was branded ‘disrespectful’ by Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc for comments made about Aubameyang potentially being a good fit at Arsenal.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has agreed a three-and-a-half year deal with Arsenal worth £170,000-a-week ahead of a proposed move from Borussia Dortmund, according to Sky Italia.
Alexis Sanchez's protracted transfer to Manchester United has taken a further twist after the Chilean was axed from first-team training.
Neymar reflected on the 8-0 hammering of Dijon on Wednesday night in the company of David Beckham at Paris Fashion Week on Thursday as the pair were front row for a Louis Vuitton event.
Francis Ngannou challenges dominant champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 on Saturday in the most highly-anticipated heavyweight clash since the days of Brock Lesnar.
At his press conference on Thursday, Wenger was asked whether Aubameyang would be a good fit for his side and the Frenchman responded: 'Yes because a character can be very positive.'
Jesse Lingard took full advantage of his new privileges on Thursday morning as he ran Manchester United's official Instagram account where he showed off new moves with Paul Pogba.
Andy Carroll isn't training at West Ham due to an ankle injury but was well enough to enjoy a yoga session with his wife a day after missing his side's FA Cup win over Shrewsbury.
Manchester United ace Paul Pogba is about to be usurped by Alexis Sanchez as the club's top earner, but that has not stopped him from flashing cash with a new £250,000 Rolls Royce Wraith.
The January transfer window is hotting up, with Premier League clubs at both ends of the table looking to do business before the end of the month. Sportsmail brings you all the latest news.
Arsene Wenger has revealed Arsenal Alexis Sanchez rejected the 'maximum' the club could afford in order to agree a huge £450,000-a-week deal at Manchester United.
MATT BARLOW AT STAMFORD BRIDGE: Chelsea required penalties to overcome a stubborn Norwich City in their FA Cup replay and set up a fourth-round encounter with Newcastle.
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Manchester United have agreed terms with Alexis Sanchez over his transfer to Old Trafford with the Chile international set to become the club's highest earner on around £14million-a-year.
Liverpool have said they have opened up their own internal disciplinary process after defender Jon Flanagan was sentenced to community service and handed a fine for assaulting his girlfriend.
Jose Mourinho arrived at Manchester United's training ground on Wednesday morning as he closes in on adding Alexis Sanchez to his squad.
You would have thought a club as rich in tradition as Arsenal would look after one of their own. Clearly not. Midfielder Jack Wilshere has found that out to his cost.
LAURIE WHITWELL AT THE KING POWER STADIUM: There were 13 minutes left when Iheanacho collected a pass from Riyad Mahrez and chipped a delightful finish past Chris Neal.
Arsenal are not keen to do a deal with United for £35m-rated Sanchez unless they get the Armenian in return and according to Mkhitaryan's agent Raiola, he hasn't yet made up his mind.
The footage, posted by Chelsea on their YouTube channel, shows Conte walking down the tunnel, tapping the roof for good luck and then spotting Sanchez to his left. He then talks to the player.
The 32-year-old had been promised a new contract by president Florentino Perez after his barnstorming performance in last year’s Champions League final win over Juventus.
MARTIN SAMUEL – CHIEF SPORTS WRITER: If Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester United, his agent is believed to receive upwards of £10million. And fair enough, he deserves it.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan was all smiles as he arrived at Manchester United's team hotel despite there being doubts over his Old Trafford future.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was still emotionally charged when he was interviewed live on NBC following his side's 4-3 win over Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.
MARTIN SAMUEL – CHIEF SPORTS WRITER AT ANFIELD: In a phenomenal eight minutes, Liverpool inflicted more damage on City than the rest of the league put together.
Manchester City will look to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League when they visit Liverpool in a mouthwatering encounter. Join Sportsmail for all the action as it unfolds.
Arsene Wenger expects the future of Alexis Sanchez to be decided in the next 48 hours as the Chilean striker nears a £25million transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United.
Andy Murray is back on the road to recovery following his recent hip surgery which threatened to have huge impact on his career. The British No 1 has been keeping his fans up to date with videos.