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What the papers say Liverpool insist Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho is not for sale at any price but the Daily Star reports that Barcelona are preparing an £80million bid. The Reds have already rejected a £72million offer from the Catalan giants, who do not appear keen to take no for an answer.

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Jose Mourinho says Paul Pogba will help fill leadership gap at Manchester United

Jose Mourinho will miss Wayne Rooney’s influence around Manchester United, but has no doubt the likes of Paul Pogba will step up to lead the club into an exciting new era.

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Alvaro Morata makes Chelsea debut but Premier League champions lose to Bayern

Alvaro Morata helped set up a goal on his Chelsea debut but could not prevent a 3-2 friendly defeat against Bayern Munich in Singapore.

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Euros victory could be perfect way to bow out, admits Alex Scott

Euros victory could be perfect way to bow out, admits Alex Scott

England veteran Alex Scott has hinted she will retire from international football if the Lionesses triumph at the Women’s European Championship.

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Jose Mourinho looking for two more players but confident situation is in hand

Manchester United are still two signings short this summer, but Jose Mourinho is confident executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has the situation under control.

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Javier Hernandez completes West Ham move on three-year deal

West Ham have completed the signing of Mexico international Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen for £16million.

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Adam Peaty surprised himself by cutting almost half a second off world record

Adam Peaty surprised even himself after improving his own 50 metres breaststroke world record by almost half a second in one day at the World Championships in Budapest on Tuesday.

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Record breaking 50m heat for Adam Peaty after 100m gold swim

Adam Peaty won the 100 metres breaststroke at the World Championships on Monday night and returned on Tuesday morning to qualify fastest in a world record over 50m.

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Ulster and Ireland rugby stars to be prosecuted for rape

Two Ulster and Ireland rugby stars are to be prosecuted for rape.

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Benjamin Mendy confident of success after joining Manchester City

New Manchester City signing Benjamin Mendy is confident he is the right man to join the most expensively-assembled defence in history.

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Castleford forward Larroyer accepts two-match ban for Duport tackle

Castleford forward Kevin Larroyer has accepted a two-match ban for his “squirrel-grip” tackle on fellow Frenchman Vincent Duport.

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Jordan Henderson happy with strength of Liverpool squad

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the squad has enough quality even if manager Jurgen Klopp fails to make more signings before the start of the season.

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Charlotte Dujardin to miss European Dressage Championships

Charlotte Dujardin to miss European Dressage Championships

Charlotte Dujardin will not feature for Great Britain in next month’s FEI European Dressage Championships.

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Celtic could be without two main strikers for Rosenborg fixture

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers could be without his two main strikers for the Champions League qualifier against Rosenborg on Wednesday night.

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England all-rounder Ben Stokes: Reaction to defeat will show how good we are

Ben Stokes has called for England to “right the wrongs” of Trent Bridge when they face South Africa in the third Test at The Oval.

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Chelsea send Kenedy home from pre-season tour after Instagram posts cause anger

Chelsea send Kenedy home from pre-season tour after Instagram posts cause anger

Chelsea have sent defender Kenedy home from their pre-season tour following the outrage caused in China by his social media posts, Press Association Sport understands.

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Ronaldo reveals plan to repeat Real Madrid trophy success next season

Cristiano Ronaldo will be playing for Real Madrid next season and reports in Spain say Kylian Mbappe could be alongside him.

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Former Ireland scrum-half Tomas O’Leary retires

Former Ireland scrum-half Tomas O’Leary has announced his retirement from professional rugby.

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Jamie Hopcutt enjoying European adventure with Ostersund

From warming the bench at Whitby Town to starring in sofa shops in sub-Arctic Sweden, Jamie Hopcutt’s rise to unlikely European football prominence is one that threatens to leave even that of his idol Jamie Vardy in the shade.

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Andy Murray’s chances of playing in US Open look better than Novak Djokovic’s

Andy Murray’s chances of playing in US Open look better than Novak Djokovic’s

Novak Djokovic is set to miss the US Open after one of his doctors indicated he will need six to 12 weeks to recover from an elbow injury.

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