With European and domestic cup football done for the year, it's up to the Premier League to fill the mid-week gap in the build up to the festive period. Everton host Arsenal looking to end a run of just one win in 11 games. While the Gunners, unbeaten in the Premier League since the opening day, are looking to return to the top of the table. Elsewhere Bournemouth are also in action as they host Leicester City following the champions' impressive 4-2 win over Manchester City.
Chelsea sell Oscar in £52MILLION deal as he becomes latest star to head to China in astonishing spending spree
Oscar has fallen out of favour under new Chelsea manager Antonio Conte, and hasn't started a Premier League game since mid September. And now he is being given a way out by Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, who also have Brazilian striker Hulk in their squad and are managed by former Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas. The deal has been set up ahead of its completion during next month's transfer window.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has extended his contract with the club until June 2021. The Bundesliga leaders have said that the 28-year-old Poland captain signed the agreement on Tuesday. After putting pen to paper, Lewandowski said: 'I'm delighted that the discussions came to a positive outcome and that I'm staying attached to Bayern for another few years.
You're keen to make an impression! Outcast Schweinsteiger is only player wearing club shoes as United take train to London
There were plenty of smiles amongst Manchester United players as they made their way to London to take on Crystal Palace, fresh of the back off their impressive win against Tottenham at Old Trafford.Wayne Rooney, Basitan Schweinsteiger and Ashley Young looked to be in high spirits in particular as they made their way to catch a train from Stockport train station, before sharing a joke on the platform with Phil Jones and Michael Carrick.
Arsenal defender Mertesacker feeling 'amazing' after returning to training following serious knee injury
Per Mertesacker says he feels 'great' after returning to full training with Arsenal. The 32-year-old, who is yet to play this season after suffering a serious knee injury during pre-season, was put through his paces at London Colney on Monday. Mertesacker is unlikely to play until next year, but he admits that rejoining his team-mates was an 'amazing' feeling.
'I've always considered myself to be different from the others': World No 1 Ronaldo delivers another modest statement as he returns to training after Ramos brings him breakfast of champions
Cristiano Ronaldo has insisted that he always knew he could become the best player in the world after winning a fourth Ballon d'Or. But the Real Madrid star also paid tribute to his team-mates, emphasising that the individual award 'did not entirely depend on me'. Ronaldo, who posed with Sergio Ramos and a replica of his trophy on Tuesday morning, was back in training soon after as he looks to kick on in the Club World Cup.
The Man with the Golden Boots: Ronaldo unveils special studs to celebrate winning his fourth Ballon d'Or award
Nike have congratulated Cristiano Ronaldo on his fourth Ballon d'Or triumph by releasing a commemorative football boot after the Portuguese was named the world's best player. Only 777 pairs of the Mercurial Superfly CR7 Vitorias will be released in the new year on Nike's website as the American sports brand celebrate his recent achievements. Ronaldo led Real Madrid to a Champions League final win over neighbours Atletico Madrid before helping Portugal to defy the odds by winning Euro 2016.
Chelsea manager Conte says Premier League leaders are 'ready' to step up the tempo ahead of Christmas
Antonio Conte is convinced Chelsea have what it takes to stay at the top of the Premier League tree as their season kicks into overdrive in the Christmas period. The Italian manager led his players through training on Tuesday ahead of a trip to Sunderland that opens up a spell of four games before the turn of the year. League leaders Chelsea have benefited from a sparse fixture list this season with no European football to contend with and an EFL Cup run already curtailed with a defeat by West Ham.
Khan rubs shoulders with Mayweather in Miami as he states his 'love' for the undefeated former boxer despite failing to land fight with him
Amir Khan previously claimed Floyd Mayweather was too scared to fight him during his heyday but the duo were all smiles on Monday as they posed in Miami.annual convention.
England arrived in Chennai on Tuesday to a scene of devastation brought by Cyclone Vardah ripping through the city but the show will go on with the final Test on Friday when they attempt to repair the damage to their battered reputations. The ‘Red Rose’ cyclone flattened homes, snapped communication lines and threw into disarray air and road travel. But England were unaffected as the storm had passed by the time they arrived here and landed to discover that the Chepauk Stadium will be fit to stage the fifth Test.
Football Star Wars: Players and managers re-imagined as characters in a galaxy far, far away (and Mourinho turns to the dark side)
Premier League players are often thought of as out of this world, but now they could also be from a galaxy far, far away. Artist Brian Konnick has reimagined some of world football's biggest stars as characters in Star Wars in the run up to the new film Rogue One. Featuring the likes of Jose Mourinho getting in touch with his dark side, and a stormtrooper Marouane Fellaini, the illustrations - created for ESPN - are sure to delight fans of football and Star Wars alike.
Using over 200 different footballers' names, teams and referees... Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody as you've never heard it before
Many people will be more than familiar with Queen's iconic hit Bohemian Rhapsody... but what about a version in which the lyrics comprise Paul Peschisolido, Barry Horne and Luton Town? Youtube channel 'TheExplodingHeads' have recreated the timeless anthem using over 200 names of footballers past and present, along with club names, referees and various footballing references to comprise the lyrics.
REVEALED: Inside Manchester City's new glass tunnel... where VIP fans will be able to get closer than ever to Guardiola's stars
EXCLUSIVE - JACK GAUGHAN: Manchester City’s imposing revamp of the Etihad Stadium will be complete for next season, with Pep Guardiola’s side afforded a new state-of-the-art circular dressing room. The huge project, taking place under the Colin Bell Stand, incorporates a glass players’ tunnel designed for some supporters to see some of the world’s best lining up before matches. City have released striking images of the development, which will see those paying for the privilege able to dine in new executive lounges with a full view of both teams emerging from the dressing rooms.
Chelsea have tied down Cesar Azpilicueta (pictured with technical director Michael Emenalo) until 2020 by handing their versatile defensive stalwart a new three-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Messi invites Afghan boy who replicated his shirt with a plastic bag before scoring as Barcelona beat Al-Ahli in Qatar friendly
Lionel Messi welcomed the Afghan boy who became an online hit wearing a homemade plastic-bag version of his shirt on to the pitch in Qatar as Barcelona strolled to victory in a friendly win over Al-Ahli. Six-year-old Murtaza Ahmadi was pictured in a striped blue-and-white plastic bag bearing Messi's name – mimicking his Argentina kit – earlier this year and has now met his idol. He accompanied Ballon d'Or runner-up on to the field in an oversized kit as a mascot on Tuesday, having also received a real, signed version of the shirt he had mocked up on a budget.
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Manchester United defender Darmian gets engaged as fiancee says yes exactly eight years after they first met
After working his way back into Jose Mourinho's plans, Matteo Darmian had another reason to smile after popping the question to Francesca Cormanni on Monday night. The Manchester United defender's girlfriend took to Instagram to reveal her answer, posting a picture of herself sharing a kiss with her long-term partner and the message 'I said yes!' written on her hand. The model, who is also a qualified interior designer,
You inking what I'm inking? Ramos shows off incredible tattoos on just one hand as he adds symbolic numbers
In the photo, the Spanish international showed off the numbers 35, 90+, 32 and 19, with the caption: 'The numbers of my life in the purest colour. Guess what they mean?'
Mahrez wins BBC African Player of the Year ahead of Liverpool star Mane after inspiring Leicester's fairytale
Riyad Mahrez has been named BBC African Player of the Year after an incredible 12 months which included winning the Premier League. Leicester City and Algeria winger Mahrez was announced as the winner on Monday evening, beating competition which included fellow Premier League players including Sadio Mane, Yaya Toure and Andre Ayew. Mahrez played a pivotal role in helping Leicester stun football by winning the Premier League last season.
Recovering Coutinho hoping for New Year's Eve return against City as he bonds with Liverpool 'family'
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is targeting a return to action against Manchester City on New Year's Eve. Coutinho has been sidelined with an ankle injury that he picked up in the 2-0 win over Sunderland last month. He wasn't expected to return to first-team action until next year but his recovery has accelerated and he has penciled in City's trip to Anfield on December 31.
Szczesny goes from villain to hero as Nainggolan strike sees Roma squeeze past Milan to keep pressure on Juve
ROMA 1-0 AC MILAN: Roma narrowed the gap on Serie A leaders Juventus to four points ahead of their trip to Turin on Saturday.
Wenger wants Oxlade-Chamberlain to stay at Arsenal as stars get ready for latest title test against Everton
Sportsmail reported that Arsenal are yet to open talks over a new contract with the 23-year-old England international, who has 18 months to run on his current deal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal are locked in negotiations to extend the deals for Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil who have similar terms remaining on their existing deals, but Arsene Wenger is adamant Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is integral to his plans as well.
Football abuse victim paid hush money by Chelsea says suspended Gradi took him on boat holiday when he was just 11
Mr Johnson, 57, who was paid £50,000 hush money by Chelsea, went on the break to Bognor with a friend two years before he fell into the clutches of chief scout Eddie Heath. The former professional footballer turned taxi driver said Mr Gradi, now suspended by the FA over claims he ‘smoothed over ’abuse at Chelsea, 'behaved impeccably' throughout. He said: ': 'I would only be 11 or 12. Dario took me and my best mate for a summer holiday to Wittering, near Bognor Regis. We went for a week. My mum and dad let me go.' He added: 'He was always the perfect gent around me'. Last night Dario Gradi responded to his FA suspension, claiming he has done nothing wrong and thanking those who have supported him.
It will not bother James DeGale if he is obliged to accommodate Liverpool’s rising star en route to a blockbuster rematch with George Groves in a football ground near you next summer. Callum, the youngest and perhaps brightest of the Smith family of four boxing champion brothers, acquired yet more admirers with his dramatic 10th round stoppage of Luke Blackledge on Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title show-card in Manchester on Saturday night.
Rosberg shows off his F1 world title in front of Arc de Triomphe as he soaks up life after retirement
Nico Rosberg has been making the most of his new-found free time in retirement as he ventured to Paris this week. The Formula 1 world champion paraded his title in front of iconic landmark the Arc de Triomphe in what he described as a 'Paris selfie'. The 31-year-old has been enjoying the high-life since he called time on his career just five days after sealing his maiden, and only, world title at the end of November.
How dirty Diego has cleaned up his act: Costa's gone from striker Conte didn't rate to Chelsea's most important player
MATT BARLOW: When Antonio Conte secured the Chelsea job and glanced at the players he would inherit he was far from convinced about Diego Costa. Conte told Roman Abramovich he wanted to compete with his old club Juventus to sign Gonzalo Higuain, who eventually cost £75million from Napoli, or to prise Edinson Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain, until it became clear that was impossible. He liked the idea of a centre forward with more technical polish and, from afar, Costa seemed to be a troubled soul, dangerously combustible and pining for a return to Atletico Madrid.