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Manchester United will table a final £90m bid for Jadon Sancho next week in an attempt to prise the England winger, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. (Mirror)external-linkLucas Torreira is on the verge of leaving Arsenal, with both Atletico Madrid and Torino expressing interest in the Uruguay midfielder, 24. (Independent)external-linkAtletico Madrid are confident of a loan deal…

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Manchester United will table a final £90m bid for Jadon Sancho next week in an attempt to prise the England winger, 20, from Borussia Dortmund. (Mirror)external-linkLucas Torreira is on the verge of leaving Arsenal, with both Atletico Madrid and Torino expressing interest in the Uruguay midfielder, 24. (Independent)external-linkAtletico Madrid are confident of a loan deal for Torreira, which could allow Arsenal to sign the Spanish side’s Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27. (Sky Sports)external-linkAlex Telles believes Porto’s asking price to Manchester United of about 20m euros (£18.3m) is unrealistic because the Brazil left-back, 27, would be a free agent next summer. (Guardian)external-linkManchester City have said that claims they made a £78m bid for Atletico Madrid’s Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, 25, are not true. (Goal)external-linkMonaco have registered their interest in signing Tottenham’s England midfielder Dele Alli, 24, (90min)external-linkParis St-Germain are preparing to pull out of negotiations to sign Alli on a season-long loan. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-linkChelsea and England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 19, is pushing for a loan move away from Stamford Bridge. (Talksport)external-linkBarcelona and Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 28, could make a loan move to Arsenal before the transfer window closes. (Star)external-linkRB Leipzig are close to signing a central defender which could facilitate defender Dayot Upamecano leaving the club. Manchester United have been heavily linked with 21-year-old France international. (Star)external-linkNapoli striker Arkadiusz Milik has been offered to Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti, but the Italian is lukewarm on a reunion with the 26-year-old Poland international. (Corriere della Sera – via Inside Futbol)external-linkSheffield United head the queue to sign Liverpool’s English forward Rhian Brewster, 20, with Aston Villa, Brighton and Crystal Palace also interested. (Independent)external-linkWest Ham and Aston Villa are among several clubs interested in signing Chelsea’s England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 24, on a season’s loan. (Guardian)external-linkSouthampton are also among the clubs interested in Loftus-Cheek, 24. (Mail)external-linkSouthampton are also looking at a deal for Toulouse’s Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, 22. (Telegraph – subscription required)external-linkEverton and Fulham are interested in signing Cameroon defender Jerome Onguene, 23, from RB Salzburg. (Sportslens)external-linkWest Brom could sign former Arsenal and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 36, if they cannot secure another striker before the end of the transfer window. (Sun)external-linkSt Etienne defender Wesley Fofana could move to Leicester City but as part of any deal the French club want the 19-year-old to stay with them on loan for the season. (L’Equipe – via Leicester Mercury)external-linkSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl wants three signings before the close of the transfer window. (Daily Echo)external-linkBayern Munich will not allow French midfielder Michael Cuisance to leave on loan, despite Leeds United and Marseille reportedly being interested in the 21-year-old. (Sport Bild – in German)external-linkThursday’s gossip column Daily Mirror back page
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NFL game postponed over Covid-19 cases

Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday,…

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Tennessee Titans’ long snapper Beau Brinkley (left) and defensive tackle DaQuan Jones (right) have been put on the reserve/Covid-19 listThe NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday has been postponed because of Covid-19 cases.The game will be rescheduled for Monday or Tuesday after the outbreak among Titans players and staff.On Tuesday, defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, long snapper Beau Brinkley and practice squad tight end Tommy Hudson were put on the reserve/Covid-19 list.The NFL has since shut down the team facility.According to the NFL network, a fourth player also returned a positive test on Wednesday.The Titans played the Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis last Sunday.The Vikings’ facility was also closed on Tuesday and Wednesday and it is unclear whether their scheduled game with the Houston Texans will take place on Sunday.
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Pliskova survives scare at French Open

Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world…

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Pliskova survives scare at French Open

Karolina Pliskova reached the Italian Open final earlier in SeptemberCzech second seed Karolina Pliskova came from a set down to avoid an upset against Egyptian qualifier Mayar Sherif in the French Open first round.World number four Pliskova, 28, had eight set points in the opener, before losing to Sherif – ranked 172nd in the world – in a tie-break.The 2017 semi-finalist wrapped up a quick second set against the 24-year-old after winning four games in a row.Pliskova came through a tense decider to claim a 6-7 (9-11) 6-2 6-4 victory.”It was super tough,” she said. “Especially after losing the first set after having set points.”She played a great game, especially in these conditions.”Sherif kept up an impressive level throughout and the pair exchanged breaks at the start of the second set.But Pliskova then won four games in a row, eventually holding serve to level things.The Czech was made to work much harder for the final set as she failed to convert five break points before winning the sixth to go 4-3 up.She held serve and wrapped up the match after two hours and 15 minutes with an ace down the middle.Pliskova, who has never won a Grand Slam, will face Latvian world number 43 Jelena Ostapenko in the second round.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
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Williams overcomes slow start to win

Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win…

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Serena Williams is a three-time champion at Roland Garros, having won the 2002, 2013 and 2015 titlesSerena Williams began her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title with a hard-fought win over fellow American Kristie Ahn in the French Open first round.Sixth seed Williams, who turned 39 on Saturday, overcame a rusty start to win 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 in Paris.Once she came through a 74-minute opener, Williams began to play with more belief and clarity as she swept Ahn aside in a one-sided second set.Williams will play Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova in the second round.Pironkova, 33, was handed a wildcard by Roland Garros after a memorable run to the US Open quarter-finals – where she lost to Williams – in her first tournament since 2017 after giving birth.More to follow.Live scores, results and order of playAlerts: Get tennis news sent to your phone
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