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Jamie Redknapp's 10 Premier League players to watch

Every year I select my 10 players to follow for the Premier League season. I try not to go for all the obvious players and my picks aren’t necessarily the best, either. They are the players to look out for to see if they can make a big impact. In my 10 last season I included Leroy Sane at Manchester City and Liverpool’s Sadio Mane — who were both simply sensational to watch — and a few who were notable for how they disappointed! This year I’ve gone for a mixture of big-name signings, exciting prospects and players with a point to prove. Have a look at my list, then use the comments below to reveal yours.

City for the title. Chelsea fail to make the top four. Is Lukaku fit enough? JAMIE REDKNAPP, MARTIN KEOWN and CHRIS SUTTON sat around a table to argue about the new season.

From title hopefuls to relegation candidates, three-time Premier League winner Martin Keown runs you through all you need to know about the runners and riders.

IAN LADYMAN - FOOTBALL EDITOR: This is Fantasy Football made real. The acceleration of the numbers this summer has been startling and the great unanswered question is where exactly it leaves us.

Arsenal offer Alexis Sanchez new £300,000-a-week contract

EXCLUSIVE: Arsenal have offered Alexis Sanchez a new contract worth £300,000 per week. The striker's current deal runs out at the end of the season and he has refused to sign an extension. Arsenal's previously offered £225,000, with bonuses that could have bumped up his pay to £275,000 a week.

This FREE 20-page football magazine will have expert analysis and commentary from Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton, Martin Keown and award-winning football writer, Martin Samuel.

Left back Danny Rose rocked the club on Thursday when he insinuated he would be happy to leave, and questioned the club's lack of spending on wages and new signings.

Ronald Koeman has warned Tottenham that they must be prepared to pay 'a big deal' if they are serious about signing Ross Barkley. Everton will stick to the £50m valuation they placed on him.

MARTIN SAMUEL: Selling Coutinho might allow Liverpool to participate in a viable means of wealth redistribution but Jurgen Klopp knows it would be ruinous to his plans for this season.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Ramil Guliyev, a 27-year-old without a global medal of note to his name, stole the show and stole the day, beating Wayde van Niekerk.

Carabao Cup second round: Confusion reigns over West Ham

John Salako brought chaos to the second round draw of the Carabao Cup on Thursday night by drawing out teams at the incorrect venues in an embarrassing live television mix-up. Before the draw on Sky Sports News, presenter Julian Warren made it clear that: 'a red ball denotes a home tie, a white ball denotes an away tie' – but Salako failed to understand his instructions. The first four matches were all listed in the incorrect order, with home draws named as away fixtures and away draws called as being home ties. 

Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent signs new five-year deal

Young winger Ryan Kent has committed his future to Liverpool after signing a new five-year deal at the club. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan with Barnsley, having come through the ranks at Anfield since he was seven. Kent faces a battle to feature in Jurgen Klopp's plans for the new season, but impressed during pre-season.

What threatens Tottenham as they continue to travel in the financial slipstream of their rivals is that it is only a matter of time before Pochettino craves the opportunity to punch his weight, too.

SPORTS AGENDA: It is understood that Sky have paid around £120million-a-year, an increase on the £90m-a-year terms of the current deal but short of pre-tender figures.

Barcelona have pursued the Brazil international all summer and they had a second bid of £90m rejected by Liverpool, having had an opening offer of £72m turned down.

Paris Saint-Germain are 'one step closer' to completing a £163million deal to sign Monaco's 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe, according to Spanish newspaper Marca.

MP Tom Watson, the shadow secretary for digital, culture, media and sport, said 'common sense' should govern the prices supporters pay. He wants the introduction of a flexible 'fan-fare' ticket.

Antonio Conte gets into the thick of Chelsea training

Antonio Conte looks raring to go as he plans to mastermind Chelsea's Premier League title defence ahead of their season opener against Burnley on Saturday. The Blues romped to a spectacular triumph in May, winning a record 30 of their 38 matches in the Italian's first season. And despite losing the traditional curtain-raiser of the Community Shield on penalties against Arsenal, Conte's side are among the favourites to take the crown this year.

Neymar's PSG debut delayed again due to paperwork

Neymar's eagerly anticipated debut for Paris Saint-Germain must wait for another week after the Brazilian was denied permission to play in Ligue 1 due to a delay over his paperwork. The French authorities have still not received clearance following his world record €222m (£200m) move from Barcelona.

MATT LAWTON - EXCLUSIVE: The complaint, seen by Sportsmail and sent to UKA chief executive Niels de Vos by a British coach and former Olympian, raises concerns.

DEREK LAWRENSON AT QUAIL HOLLOW: The two men who dominated the build-up to the 99th PGA Championship both finished on the same mark on Thursday but there the comparison ends.

Former Masters champion Danny Willett plans to 'jump in with both feet' after changing coaches ahead of the US PGA Championship in a bid to end his miserable run of form.

Laura Muir reaches 5,000m final as a fastest loser

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Laura Muir reached Sunday's final of the 5,000m, but stirred doubts about her medal credentials at the distance by finishing only seventh in her heat. With the first five from two heats going through automatically, the 24-year-old edged through in 14:59.34 as one of the five fastest losers. It was her best time outdoors at the distance and she found the pace tough, being passed twice on the final straight.

Day eight at the World Athletics Championships in London sees the action come thick and fast with plenty of British action to keep an eye on. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the pick of the bunch...

Double Olympic champion Christian Taylor continued his dominance of the triple jump when he won his third world title on Thursday.

'My favourite pet is a Guinea pig': Arsenal ace Mertesacker makes series of bizarre admissions in funny Q&A; with boss Wenger

Apparently Emirates airlines do though. So they set up a bizarre question and answer session with the big German defender and boss Arsene Wenger and posted the video on their Twitter. For the record Mertesacker likes Guinea pigs and thinks his boss should play Richard Gere in a movie (no one told him Gere is an actor, not a character).

SECRET SCOUT: Our scout is a top football expert who attends matches each week searching for the next star. This week he is checking in on Chelsea forward Mason Mount.

Antonio Conte has spoken out several times during pre-season about what he perceives to be a lack of depth in his squad at Stamford Bridge.

Craig Shakespeare believes Leicester have pulled off a transfer coup by signing Kelechi Iheanacho and insists the 20-year-old can form a productive partnership with Jamie Vardy.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton has warned the club's fans that he can see Antonio Conte walking away from the club if he can't turn things around.

Lewis Dunk hopes not to be 'embarrassed' by Man City

INTERVIEW - SAM CUNNINGHAM: Lewis Dunk is pondering what he most fears about the season ahead. The defender clicks his tongue against the back of his teeth and pauses a while, no doubt contemplating the £150million Manchester City attack of Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Gabriel Jesus and Leroy Sane, all of which he could face in Brighton's first top flight football match in 34 years on Saturday.  'Some of the strikers in this league are the best in the world. Being up against them, I don't want to be embarrassed,' he says, making a frank admission that many players would avoid.

As Swansea and Everton remain in talks to break the deadlock over Sigurdsson's protracted transfer to Goodison Park, Clement believes Llorente will not be following the Icelandic playmaker.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche believes the departure of Andre Gray for Watford represents a reality check for the club. He is the second key player to leave Turf Moor this summer.

After Dortmund manager Peter Bosz confirmed that Dembele did not attend training on Thursday, the club released a statement explaining that the forward had been the subject of a bid from Barcelona.

Mark Hughes has no desire to sell the Wales international who cost Stoke £13m when he joined from Liverpool last summer.

Bury 0-1 Sunderland: George Honeyman secures cup win

ALAN BIGGS AT GIGG LANE: A proverbial sweet moment for an aptly named young player saw Sunderland through a sticky tie. George Honeyman's first Sunderland goal also delivered a first win for new manager Simon Grayson. Without overlying impressing in a disappointingly low-key tie, Grayson's team deserved the win for an urgent approach from the start to frustrate Bury boss Lee Clark on Thursday night.

Roger Federer comes from behind to beat David Ferrer

Roger Federer survived the end of his streak of winning 32 consecutive sets to beat David Ferrer and reach the last eight of the Rogers Cup. Wimbledon champion Federer, who celebrated his 36th birthday on Tuesday, prevailed 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 in just under two hours in Montreal.

Karolina Pliskova continued to settle into her new role as world No 1 by reaching the Rogers Cup quarter-finals when Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka was forced to retire.

PAUL NEWMAN - EXCLUSIVE: A Caribbean team robbed of many of its best talents by the Twenty20 revolution have slipped into the country under the radar for three Tests that start next week.

England may have another two new faces in their side to face West Indies in the first day-night Test staged in this country after Mark Stoneman and Mason Crane were on named for Edgbaston.

Juventus star Paulo Dybala dons No 10 shirt for first time

Paulo Dybala has paraded his new No 10 shirt around the Juventus Stadium after becoming the latest in a long line of legends to wear the coveted shirt. The Serie A champions announced on Wednesday that the Argentine will swap the No 21 for the iconic shirt, last worn by Paul Pogba before his departure 12 months ago. The shirt has been worn by the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Andrea Pirlo, Alessandro Del Piero and Roberto Baggio in the past, and Dybala will hope it sees him go from strength to strength.

Man Utd defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah joins Crystal Palace

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is looking to repay the faith shown in him by Frank de Boer after completing a season-long loan move to Crystal Palace on Thursday.  The full-back has been allowed to depart for the capital in order to gain first-team experience at Selhurst Park. He will wear the No 24 shirt and the defender was attracted by the project under De Boer having held talks. Fosu-Mensah told Palace's official website: 'The manager spoke to me about coming down to join Crystal Palace and it was clear that he wanted me to be part of his squad which as a player gives you a great feeling straight away.  

The 30-year-old faces Badou Jack, the Swedish-born boxer promoted by Mayweather who is moving up a weight after a two-year stint as WBC world super middleweight champion, in Las Vegas.

David Wagner insists Huddersfield will begin their first ever Premier League campaign with no fear, having already proven 'the impossible is possible' in reaching the top flight.

David Moyes brought Marouane Fellaini to the club during his first and only summer in charge. The Scot was criticised for the arrival of his ex-Everton charge at Old Trafford.

Petr Cech leaves Arsenal training for ice hockey match

A video published on iSport TV shows the Arsenal keeper appearing in a testimonial match, held in Brno, Czech Republic, for former Czech Republic international ice hockey player Martin Havlat, who played 16 seasons in the NHL. In the video, Cech is seen stepping onto the ice with ease, padded up in hockey goalkeeping uniform, accepting applause as he makes his way towards the centre.

Hernan Crespo on Chelsea and Neymar

CHARLIE SKILLEN: It's one of the myths of the modern era: Hernan Crespo flopped in the Premier League. Common wisdom puts him in the long list of expensive overseas failures. Those who watched him remember one of the most gifted strikers to pull on a Chelsea shirt. Take a moment to watch 'Hernan Crespo's 25 Goals for Chelsea' on YouTube. It's soon clear why he remains a cult hero at Stamford Bridge.

We are making good progress and we know the fourth defence of his IBF world title and the first defence of his WBA crown will be against the IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev.

Frustrated British TV viewers vented their anger at both the BBC and Sky Sports after being left unable to see around half of the opening day’s play at the USPGA Championship.

May's transfer from Gloucester to Leicester has forced Premiership clubs to amend a rule affecting fees. Clause had allowed him to leave for a transfer fee equivalent to one year's salary

Arsenal step up preparations for Premier League opener

Arsenal stepped up their preparations in training on Thursday as they get ready for their Friday night Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester. The Gunners are without the injured Alexis Sanchez for the game at the Emirates Stadium, but looked in good spirits ahead of the night fixture. Summer signing Alexandre Lacazette is set to make his full league debut for Arsene Wenger's side after starting in the Community Shield win over Chelsea at Wembley on Sunday.

Ryan Atkin speaks of his experiences after coming out

Referee Ryan Atkin says that football still has a problem with homophobia, but insists the game is taking steps forward to tackle it. He is the first professional referee to come out in the United Kingdom and, in an interview with Sky Sports, says that he didn't feel compelled to talk about his sexuality because of football. 'Being gay doesn't matter in the context of refereeing a football match but if I'm speaking about equality and diversity, then I'm going to mention that I'm gay because it's relevant,' he said.

We've all been there... your Fantasy Football XI is chosen, you sit back in your chair happy with your picks, but you've forgotten one thing. Almost as important as your squad is the name of your team.

SIMON JONES: Sportsmail revealed West Ham's interest and they remain hopeful of striking a deal for the 25-year-old as he is keen on a move to London.

Stoke winger Ramadan Sobhi has signed a new five-year contract with the club. The 20-year-old Egypt international only joined Stoke last summer from Al Ahly in his homeland.

The figures that show how far Tottenham are behind rivals

KIERAN GILL: Danny Rose went rogue and spoke out about Tottenham Hotspur's weak wages in comparison to the Premier League's other clubs. 'I am worth more than I am getting,' Rose explained in an interview that has caused a stir at the club's Enfield training ground. The left back is believed to be paid £65,000 per week by the north Londoners, though he could easily double that elsewhere, possibly even triple.

Brighton captain Bruno talks Pep Guardiola and going up

INTERVIEW BY AMITAI WINEHOUSE: After the heartache of so many near misses, Brighton captain Bruno made a deal with himself and God that he would climb a mountain if the Seagulls ever soared to promotion. When Chris Hughton’s men finally achieved that monumental feat in May, the charismatic, bearded full back headed to the top of Montserrat, a 1.25km-high mountain range in his native Catalonia.

In a record-breaking transfer window, Spurs are yet to buy a player while Chelsea, Manchester United and City have bolstered their squads with a number of big-money signings.

Burnley have launched a £12m move for Lille striker Nicolas de Preville. The 26-year-old bagged 14 goals in 30 games last season and scored on the opening day this season in the win over Nantes.

With the new Premier League season getting underway this Friday, thousands of MailOnline Fantasy Football players have their teams ready for the curtain-raiser. 

As ever, a new season brings new things to look out for. Inevitably, change will bring discussion and varying opinions. LAURIE WHITWELL highlights seven new things to keep an eye on.

Jurgen Klopp slams Philippe Coutinho Liverpool exit talk

Jurgen Klopp has emphatically underlined his stance that Liverpool will not sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona after rejecting a £90m bid for the Brazil midfielder. The news comes as Coutinho arrived at the club's training base on Thursday having not trained all week because of a back complaint. The Reds boss is adamant that Liverpool do not even have a figure in mind that would mean they consider selling Coutinho, who signed a new five-year contract at Anfield in January.


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Ibrahimovic has 'no time to rest' as he shares videos of gruelling workout in rehabilitation from knee injury

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has shared an update on his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury with his followers on Instagram. The 35-year-old uploaded several videos of him training at a luxury gym called 39 Monte Carlo in Monaco, captioned 'no time to rest.' Ibrahimovic also featured in an Instagram post on the gym's social media account alongside boxer Hassan N'Dam. 

Former Barcelona defender Marquez in drug trafficking ties

The US Treasury Department said on Wednesday it had sanctioned former Barcelona defender Rafael Marquez and more than 20 others for suspected links with an accused drug kingpin, tarnishing the reputation of one of Mexico's sporting giants.

Gremio midfielder Luan was a surprise inclusion by manager Tite in the Brazil squad announced on Thursday for upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia.

Troy Deeney will remain Watford's captain and will not be sold despite the signing of striker Andre Gray for a club record £18.5million. Marco Silva sees no reason to change his skipper.

Trent Alexander-Arnold's rise into Liverpool's first-team could continue on Saturday against Watford, and the 18-year-old is raring for Premier League action.

The 20-year-old Englishman spent last season on loan at the Scottish champions and played a key role in the campaign last year, scoring nine goals on their way to claiming the treble.

The 35-year-old, who is in talks with Manchester United over a new contract, scored 56 goals in 85 appearances for the Italian giants between 2010 and 2012. He is currently out injured.

Newcastle United have made an approach to take Kenedy on loan from Chelsea. The 21-year-old Brazilian was disciplined by Chelsea after posting offensive messages against the Chinese.

Mohamed Salah enjoys training with Liverpool team-mates

Mohamed Salah was in a joyful mood as he was pictured training with his colleagues at Melwood prior to Liverpool's Premier League opener with Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday. And he wasn't the only player who appears to be excited about the start of the new season. The likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane, who looks set to make his first top flight appearance since April after recovering from knee surgery, were all snapped enjoying a laugh on the training ground.

Arsene Wenger admits he was at fault last season

Arsene Wenger has taken the blame for Arsenal's fifth-placed finish last season, admitting that uncertainty in the dressing room contributed to the team's poor form. Wenger eventually signed a new two-year contract extension at the end of the season, but the damage had been done with the Gunners missing out on top four. And now, three months on, Wenger has admitted that he created a difficult atmosphere in the dressing room.

Hull have rejected a £5million offer from Burnley for Sam Clucas. Sean Dyche is wasting no time in trying to spend the money recouped from the £18.5million sale of Andre Gray to Watford.

Atalanta have completed their move for Middlesbrough midfielder Marten de Roon 13 months after selling him to the Teessiders for £12million.

The 25-year-old has been a long-term target for Swansea City but is due for a medical at Huddersfield on Friday after they had an offer of around £3million accepted.

Brighton and Hove Albion are signing Jose Izquierdo from Club Bruges for a new club record transfer fee of £16m. The Colombian scored a spectacular goal against Leicester last season.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has hailed new signing Bernardo Silva and believes the Portuguese winger can 'decide games' which will help the club achieve their goals.

Caretaker coach Jon Daly believes he has shown the leadership qualities needed to make him a serious candidate for the Hearts job.

Premier League transfer window: All the 2017 summer moves

If transfer windows have taught us anything in the last few years, it's that flashing the cash doesn't necessarily translate to success on the pitch. It goes a long way though so once again we can expect Premier League clubs to throw around money this summer in pursuit of the league title, a European place or just being able to stay in the top flight. Keep track of all the major transfers involving senior players in the Premier League, as Sportsmail brings you all the summer deals right the way through to transfer deadline day.

Stay up-to-date with all the new confirmed kits set to feature during the 2017-18 Premier League campaign as Sportsmail takes a look at the brand new strips your team will be wearing.

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The waiting is over and MailOnline Fantasy Football has finally returned, meaning it's time to get picking and assemble the strongest squad possible ahead of the new campaign.

England 56-5 Spain: World Cup champions start in style

Kay Wilson scored four tries as England stormed past Spain in their opening Women's World Cup match in Dublin. The 25-year-old Richmond winger had a hat-trick within 32 minutes, and scored again after half-time, showing incredible pace down the left side. She could not quite match the incredible seven scores she took against Scotland in the recent Six Nations, but looked every bit the world-class finisher she is. Wilson now has 32 international tries.

Paige VanZant shows off gash on left foot amid

GRAPHIC WARNING: Paige VanZant has picked up a gruesome foot injury that could alter her plans amid talks that she is set to change divisions within UFC. The 23-year-old took to Instagram on Thursday to post a horrific photo of a gash on her left foot, with the caption: 'Well damn'.

Mo Farah seals 5,000m final spot at World Championships

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Down came the rain but none of it landed on Mo Farah’s parade as he jogged into the final of the 5,000m on Wednesday night. The world’s most dominant distance runner faced some of the same barging that he dealt with in his 10,000m win, but there was none of the drama. He finished second in his heat in 13:30.18, behind Yomif Kejelcha yet comfortably inside the top five without busting a gut.

Here are the times you can catch the live golf and what channels and platforms to tune into from Thursday's first round to the climax of the action on Sunday.

Eddie Jones' men will land in the host nation no later than September 6 and could play a warm-up match as part of their preparations ahead of the event's September 20 start date.

Jacob Miller enjoyed a dream comeback as Wakefield boosted their fading play-off hopes with a 38-6 rout of West Yorkshire rivals Leeds at Belle Vue.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI AT THE LONDON STADIUM: Viewers attacked Logan after a debate with the medical expert about the ruling that prevented Isaac Makwala from taking part in the 400m final.

The NBA have officially announced that Eastern Conference rivals the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers will contest a regular season game at London's O2 Arena in 2018.

Haddin, who played 66 tests despite Adam Gilchrist blocking his path into the side until he was 30, has cut his coaching teeth with the Australia A side and Islamabad in the Pakistan Premier League.

Conor McGregor keeps grandfather's hat in kit bag

You'd be forgiven for thinking Conor Mcgregor is a man untroubled by sentiment as an uncompromising KO artist, but the UFC champion does retain one habit as a reminder of his roots. The Irishman has always kept his late grandfather's hat in the kit bag he takes to fights as a mark of his journey from humble Crumlin to the dazzling lights of Las Vegas.  In an early documentary into McGregor's rise called 'Notorious' he opened up about the superstition.

INTERVIEW BY DANIEL MATTHEWS: The clash has been labelled a mismatch by many. But Froch believes Mayweather is risking the integrity of his sport by taking on the Irishman.

The surreal encounter between Muhammad Ali and wrestler Antonio Inoki at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan arena on June 26, 1976 has has largely been forgotten - and for good reason.

Floyd Mayweather has claimed he's not the same fighter he was two years ago — and believes Conor McGregor has the advantage going into their showdown this month.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead of Friday's meetings at Wolverhampton, Brighton, Newmarket, Haydock and Musselburgh.

McBride mistakenly saddled Millie's Kiss instead of Mandarin Princess, an error the British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel had 'some difficulty accepting'.

Leicester new signing Harry Maguire dreaming of England

LAURIE WHITWELL - INTERVIEW: Even though Harry Maguire only crept on to England's radar towards the end of last season after impressing for Hull, the centre back did go to France for Euro 2016. Not to play, of course. Maguire went as a fan because of a real affection for his craft and his country. 'I went with a few mates,' he told Sportsmail. 'England fans go in big numbers and are a credit to their country. 'I went to the Slovakia game — a boring 0-0. I picked the worst one! I tried to keep a low profile but there were a few Hull and Sheffield United fans who spotted me and had pictures.'

To celebrate 25 years of the Premier League, we asked Sportsmail’s experts Jamie Redknapp, Chris Sutton and Martin Koewn to pick their best player and best goal of the era.

That’s a major series win for England. To beat South Africa who have been consistently good both home and away in Test cricket 3-1 was very satisfying.

We've all been there. A football show has been on television and a pundit has insisted that a player, slipping or falling away from goal, had to put the ball into the back of the net.