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Manchester City's Sergio Aguero is ultimate city slicker

IAN LADYMAN: On what looks likely to be another Saturday of stories and intrigue in the Premier League, there could well be a coronation, too. Sergio Aguero needs three goals to become Manchester City’s leading goalscorer of all time. Saturday’s opposition at the Etihad Stadium are Crystal Palace and that alone should be enough to make the bookmakers nervous. Aguero — with six goals in as many games this season — has been the cornerstone of City’s buccaneering start.

Arsenal stars Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck set for talks

SAMI MOKBEL: Arsenal have opened talks with Aaron Ramsey and Danny Welbeck over new contracts. The Gunners pair are entering the final 18 months of their existing deals, but are set for lucrative extensions. Ramsey is currently on £110,000 a week but he may get more than £150,000 a week. Welbeck signed a £70,000-a-week deal in 2014 but his new contract will be worth over £100,000 a week.

EXCLUSIVE BY CHARLES SALE: The Mark Sampson scandal, which has become a full-blown crisis for the Football Association, will be discussed at a board meeting on Monday.

As Diego Costa moved to the brink of completing his divorce from Chelsea, Antonio Conte described his replacement, Alvaro Morata, as the kind of person you would want your daughter to marry.

After shining for Southampton and playing for England at the World Cup, United made the full-back the most expensive teenager in history three years ago.

The FA have asked FIFA to move forward their disciplinary hearing against Dele Alli amid fears he will receive a two-game suspension. Gareth Southgate is due to name his squad on Thursday.

Having dominated possession the junior Reds found themselves behind to Everton striker Anthony Gordon's goal just before half-time at a rain-swept Kirkby academy.

Diego Costa regrets the manner of his Chelsea exit and admits to having 'special affection' for people at the club. The Brazilian has finally agreed a La Liga return to Atletico Madrid.

Daniel Sturridge started for the first time in the Premier League against Burnley but he struggled to make an impact and faces a challenge to be involved from the start at Leicester on Saturday.

Tottenham's Davinson not scared of playing West Ham

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY ADAM CRAFTON: Perched on a chair and gesticulating excitedly, a rarity is taking place. A Premier League defender is extolling the virtues of, wait for it, defending. 'My job title reads defender,' Davinson Sanchez insists. 'You can't mess up your priorities and above all, my job is to keep the ball out of our goal. My biggest idol is Franco Baresi, the legendary Italy and Milan defender. I am too young to have watched him live but within the game, everyone tells you about that powerful Milan defence.'

Anthony Martial mentality delights Man Utd boss Mourinho

Anthony Martial's mentality has transformed in a matter of months, according to Jose Mourinho. The Manchester United winger endured a frustrating season last year, constantly rebuked by his manager for a perceived lack of willpower. Martial - who has four goals already this term - has impressed off the bench and Mourinho believes his attitude has changed.

Everton manager Ronald Koeman insists his bond with his squad remains strong as he explained how past experience is enabling him to retain perspective.

Carroll is approaching the time for talks over an extension to his deal, and the 28-year-old is set to start a third game on the trot when Tottenham visit the London Stadium for today's derby.

Jose Mourinho has afforded Paul Pogba an extended break to recuperate from injury — and the Manchester United boss claims he has no idea when the midfielder will return.

Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar make up the three players fighting for the ultimate crown of 'the world's best' footballer, while FIFA continue yet another marketing shake up.

Madrid suffered a third slip-up and first league defeat of the season so far this season after they were shocked in a 1-0 defeat by Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday night.

CHARLES SALE - SPORTS AGENDA: Representatives of ex-Leeds United education officer Lucy Ward want the DCMS select committee to look into her treatment by the FA.

Neymar will miss PSG's trip to Montpellier at the weekend after the Brazilian star picked up a minor foot injury. He is likely to return for their Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

Diego Costa aims dig at Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

Diego Costa appeared to take a parting swipe at his old boss Antonio Conte as he landed in Spain to sign for Atletico Madrid on Friday evening. The Spain international travelled from his native Brazil, where he spent his summer away from Chelsea's preparations for the Premier League season, to Spain in the late hours of Thursday evening. It brought an end to a tumultuous period at Stamford Bridge, which escalated when Conte told Costa via text over the summer that he would no longer have a place in his first-team squad.

RIATH AL-SAMARRAI: Antonio Conte has thanked Diego Costa for his time at Chelsea but steered clear of paying him a warm tribute ahead of his move to Atletico Madrid.

PETE JENSON: The Marca headline on Friday summed up the feeling of expectation at Atletico Madrid ahead of Diego Costa's return. It simply read: Year 1DC. This feels like a new dawn.

Mark Hughes is sorry to see the back of Atletico Madrid-bound Diego Costa and has questioned whether Chelsea might also miss the Spain striker’s mastery of dark arts.

CHARLIE SKILLEN - FAN'S VIEW: It’s been one of the finest sights in football for the last few years: a snarling, ferocious beast, elbowing defenders out of the way, slamming the ball home.

Ryan Bertrand: 'I didn't feel like a player at Chelsea'

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY SAMI MOKBEL: Five minutes into this interview and Ryan Bertrand’s face lights up. Full of pride, he reflects on the night of September 1, 2017. For the supporters who stormed out of Malta’s National Stadium in Ta’Qali, long before the final whistle, disgusted that England were only winning 1-0, it’s a night they will want to forget. Not for Bertrand, though. It will be a night he remembers for ever.

Ovince Saint Preux want Shogun rematch after beating Okami

Former light-heavyweight title contender Ovince Saint Preux added a third win by Von Flue choke to his record when he finished Yushin Okami in the first round of the UFC Japan main event on Saturday night. The crowd in Saitama fell silent as Okami pulled half guard on his much larger opponent. After isolating his opponent's head, OSP moved into the rare submission, which quickly put the Japanese fighter to sleep. Speaking after the fight, ‘OSP’ called for a rematch with Brazilian legend Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua, who he knocked out in September 2014.

Nice 2-2 Angers: Mario Balotelli nets penalty

Les Aiglons came into the game having won three and lost three in the league, and their inconsistencies were apparent again as they went 2-0 down inside 34 minutes. However, Italy forward Balotelli's spot-kick - his 15th goal in 15 Ligue 1 matches at Allianz Riviera - reduced the deficit before half-time and an Ismael Traore own goal saw Nice equalise with 11 minutes remaining.

The yearly debate between fans over whether PES or FIFA is the better football game is raging once again, and graphics are one of the most hotly contested topics as usual.

The whistleblower who exposed the state-sponsored doping programme in his country, has called for Russia to be banned from the Olympics but he doubts such action will be taken.

HOT OR NOT: At the end of an interesting week of football, boxing and cricket news, Sportsmail's IAN LADYMAN shares his temperature update and reveals who is hot and who is not.

As it is, Aguero needs just two more goals to match Brook’s record of 177 for City that has stood unequalled for the last 78 years, having played 235 fewer games for the club.

The Brazilian and Cavani clashed over who should take penalties during Sunday's 2-0 victory at the Parc des Princes. L'Equipe reported that the pair later had to be separated in the changing room.

Luke Campbell weighed in the slightly heavier man ahead of his lightweight title clash against Jorge Linares on Sunday morning. Campbell tipped the scales at slightly under 9st 9lbs.

The prolific Sergio Aguero is just two goals short of equalling Manchester City's all-time goalscoring record having scored 175 times since moving to the Etihad Stadium back in 2011.

Bayern Munich 2-2 Wolfsburg: Carlo Ancelotti's side slip

BAYERN MUNICH 2-2 WOLFSBURG: Goals from Arjen Robben and a penalty from Robert Lewandowski, who notched his 11th goal in 9 Bundesliga games from the spot, put Carlo Ancelotti's team in a comfortable position. But a laps in concentration saw Bayern slip-up ad allow a brilliantly curled Maximilian Arnold free-kick fly-in with half-hour to play, followed by a Didavi's header to snatch a draw.

Lewis Hamilton attends Milan Fashion Week

With Formula One action not returning until next weekend, Lewis Hamilton has taken the opportunity to attend the Milan Fashion Week alongside some well-known faces. The 32-year-old, who has a 28-point lead over Sebastian Vettel in the drivers' championship, was pictured hanging out with Princess Charlene of Monaco and Kris Jenner on Friday at the Versace show.

Carroll made his second start at West Brom last weekend since returning from five months out with a groin injury and is set to lead the line again at the London Stadium.

Once he had delivered his hype-busting gag about Smith being picked to polish George Ford’s boots, Jones eventually hinted that the Harlequins sensation could earn a World Cup place.

United face a stretch away from Old Trafford over the next month, ending against Swansea in the EFL Cup on October 24. Mourinho believes the tricky run of games stands them in good stead.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers takes his side across the city for Saturday's lunchtime league clash having won five and drawn one of last season's six encounters with Rangers.

Any of the 30 players in the season-ending event can theoretically win the massive pay day, but only the top five in the standings are assured of doing so by claiming the £1.1million first prize.

Speaking after last Friday’s league draw with Partick Thistle, the Ibrox boss claimed his side were suffering from a ‘deficit’ of decisions in their favour.

It's derby day again in the capital as West Ham and Tottenham kick off the latest round of top-flight action. Here's the best bets in the Premier League and across the rest of the fixtures.

Lille 0-4 Monaco: Radamel Falcao hits brace

LILLE 0-4 MONACO: A sharp finish and a penalty from the Colombian striker added to first-half efforts from Stevan Jovetic and Rachid Ghezzal and help inflict defeat on Marcelo Bielsa's les Dogues. Monaco go second in Ligue 1 and join PSG on 18 points ahead of the champions' trip to Montpelier on Saturday.

Mesut Ozil promises Arsenal return soon as he plays PES

He missed Arsenal's 3-1 win over Cologne in the Europa League last Thursday and their goalless draw in the Premier League at Chelsea on Sunday because of inflammation on his knee. To fill the void, Ozil has taken to his PlayStation and fired up the latest edition of the popular console game, of which he is an ambassador.

SAM MORSHEAD AT THE NEW LAWN: Once, the notion that this could be a Football League fixture would be met with the same look the average fan gives to a matchday menu of hummus and quorn pie.

Enzo Zidane played for Madrid's youth teams, including a stint under the orders of his father, for several years before signing a contract with Alaves this off-season.

MIKE DICKSON IN PRAGUE: When Federer conceived this idea, he might have envisaged a more glamorous opening match than world No 72 Frances Tiafoe against Marin Cilic.

Ahead of this weekend's matches in the Premier League, Sportsmail brings you the latest squad news, odds and stats on every top flight fixture as it breaks.

After three straight wins over West Ham, Swansea and Stoke, which have carried Newcastle to fourth in the table following May’s promotion, Benitez is able to speak of momentum.

AFC Wimbledon 0-2 MK Dons: Seager and Ariyibi score

AFC WIMBLEDON 0-2 MK DONS - ADAM SHERGOLD AT KINGSMEADOW STADIUM: One of modern football’s rawest grudge matches went the way of Milton Keynes Dons, thanks to two of their loan stars. Ryan Seager and Gboly Ariyibi, on loan from Southampton and Nottingham Forest respectively, scored the first-half goals to sink AFC Wimbledon at a fractious Kingsmeadow.

Lionel Messi and Barcelona stars train for Girona match

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is not taking much notice of Real Madrid's struggles. Valverde's side enjoy a seven-point lead over their biggest rivals after beginning La Liga with five straight wins, while Real have stuttered to two victories, two draws and were beaten at home by Real Betis in midweek. Back in August it was Barcelona who were seemingly in crisis when Brazil star Neymar left for Paris St Germain and they were handed a 5-1 aggregate thrashing by their biggest rivals in the Supercopa.

Guardiola shared his rival’s view after seeing City progress to the fourth round of the Carabao Cup at West Bromwich Albion in midweek ahead of their Premier League fixture against Crystal Palace.

Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic has said the Catalan giants were wrong to sell Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca might be sitting pretty at the top of La Liga but Rakitic is not happy.

Everton boss Ronald Koeman says Dominic Calvert-Lewin is taking "big steps". Calvert-Lewin made headlines as he notched the winner for England in the Under-20s World Cup final.

Tottenham return to the venue where their Premier League title aspirations began to unravel last season, with West Ham looking to continue their good record against their London rivals.

Former Leicester and Derby County boss Nigel Pearson is back in football management after taking up the position as first team coach of Belgian second tier outfit Oud-Heverlee Leuven.

He revealed he took 50 people on Wednesday night to the Beast crab and steak restaurant off Oxford Street, including the first-team squad, coaching staff and chairman Daniel Levy.

A UEFA inspector will seek answers from Arsenal and Cologne over the cause of the crowd trouble which marred last week's Europa League meeting between the sides at the Emirates.

Kemp swapped being Pulis' sidekick for California's sun

INTERVIEW BY MATT BARLOW: As English football zips up its autumn coat and Tony Pulis angles his baseball cap for battle, David Kemp is ambling down the slope towards the golden sands of San Clemente. To the north Dana Point and to the south La Casa Pacifica, once Richard Nixon’s beachside mansion dubbed The Western White House as it hosted summit meetings with Leonid Brezhnev and other world leaders.

Hughie Fury confident of claiming Tyson's former WBO belt

Hughie Fury is determined to emulate his cousin Tyson and claim a version of the world heavyweight title by dethroning Joseph Parker in Manchester on Saturday night. Despite his relative inexperience the 23-year-old is in predictably bullish mood ahead of his clash with the New Zealander, who claimed the vacant WBO belt in December two months after Tyson relinquished it due to medical reasons. The fight represents by far the biggest test of Fury's career having reeled off 20 straight wins over relatively modest opposition, but it is a chance he believes he will seize in some style.

Gloucester returned to winning ways, edging out the Warriors 24-19 through two Ollie Thorley tries, a superb Billy Twelvetrees touchdown and nine points from the boot of fly-half Billy Burns.

England suffered another injury blow ahead of picking their Ashes squad when Toby Roland-Jones, one of the success stories of the summer, was ruled out with a stress fracture of the back.

Essex triumphed despite being bowled out for 76 in the first innings when they also dismissed Hampshire for 76 at the Ageas Bowl, with 20-year-old seamer Sam Cook starring with the ball.

Sam Simmonds reflects on Exeter's Aviva Premiership glory

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW BY WILL KELLEHER: On the pitch at Sandy Park he is transported back in time four months to May 20, and the 68th minute of Exeter versus Saracens in the Aviva Premiership semi-final. Simmonds is there stewing, sitting on the bench, with the Chiefs ahead 13-11. Then the call comes. He's on for Thomas Waldrom.

THE SECRET SCOUT: This week he has chosen to focus on Manchester United's Scott McTominay following his first appearance of the season against Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup.

Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond hopes to build on last Friday’s bonus-point win over London Irish when his side face Saracens this weekend. The Sharks ran in five tries.

The Gabonese striker was linked with moves away from the Westfalenstadion during the summer, with his dream club Real Madrid the front-runners to secure his signature, as well as AC Milan.

HUGH MACDONALD: The reality, though, was painful enough. Celtic travel to Rangers on Saturday and some memories cause a painful, dull clang that echo down the years.


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Chelsea train at Stamford Bridge in preparation for Stoke

Chelsea swapped out their training facility for their home ground on Friday as they prepare for a tough Premier League test. Antonio Conte and his players went through their paces on the Stamford Bridge pitch, ahead of travelling to Stoke City on Saturday.  It promises to be a difficult game for the champions, and Conte may hope they gain an extra edge by getting ready at Stamford Bridge, rather than their regular Cobham base. 

Manchester United board plane ahead of Southampton match

Manchester United boarded their private jet in preparation for their Premier League fixture against Southampton on Saturday. Jose Mourinho's squad travelled to the South coast in style as the rain poured down in Manchester. United will be confident ahead of the Saints tie, hoping to keep up their unbeaten start.

The anti-doping body said traces of the anabolic steroid Clostebol had been found during routine testing after Benevento's 1-0 defeat to Torino on September 10.

Paul Clement has insisted striker Wilfried Bony did not return to Swansea to play a bit-part. The striker has figured only three times for the Swans to date since his £12million return to South Wales.

Stoke are facing a defensive injury crisis ahead of Chelsea's visit to the bet365 Stadium with Kevin Wimmer a major doubt and Kurt Zouma unable to play against his parent club.

His Saints side take on Jose Mourinho's United in the Premier League on Saturday but Pellegrino is focused on gaining a positive result for his current employers, rather than settling old scores.

Bayern Munich's chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has called for the Europe-wide transfer deadline to brought forward to July 31 in order to bring back 'sense and rationality'.

Marco Silva feels Watford's season will be defined by the results they achieve against teams like Swansea rather than the odd hammering at the hands of a Premier League giant.

Incredible moment Swiss club Sion's president attacks commentator: 'I've sorted that out... I kicked him in the backside'

Sion president Christian Constantin physically attacked a television commentator following a league match on Thursday, then said he had 'sorted out' the differences between the pair. Part of the attack was caught on camera and showed commentator Rolf Fringer, already on the ground, being slapped on the head by the 60-year-old Constantin, shortly after Sion's 2-1 win at Lugano. Soon afterwards, Constantin told cable broadcaster Teleclub that Fringer, a former coach of the Swiss national side, had criticised him and treated him badly earlier in the week.

Real Madrid train as they try to boost faltering season

After a shock home defeat to Real Betis in midweek left Real Madrid seven points off the pace in La Liga, they have returned to basics in training.  Manager Zinedine Zidane had his squad going through running drills before taking on a heading and volleying exercise. The mood in the camp seemed focused, with Cristiano Ronaldo among those looking particularly serious as they trained.

The 24-year-old has swiftly established himself as a fans' favourite since his big-money summer switch from Everton, thanks in no small part to six goals in as many games.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has laughed off the prospect of a top-four Premier League finish despite his side's encouraging start to the season with three successive victories.

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha believes former manager Frank de Boer should have been given more time in his role at Selhurst Park. The Dutch boss was sacked five games into his reign.

Their win at the London Stadium in May shattered Spurs’ title hopes and Bilic now wants more of the same with Tottenham having shown signs of vulnerability so far this season.

Barry will surpass Ryan Giggs' record of 632 Premier League appearances on Monday and is glad he ignored his embarrassment when advised to take up yoga in his final season at Villa.

Holland defender Van Dijk has not started a game for eight months after suffering a serious foot injury in January and then handing in a transfer request during the summer.

Inside Floyd Mayweather's £18.9m Beverly Hills Castle

For most people, owning mansions in Las Vegas and Miami would suffice. Floyd Mayweather is not like most people. The unbeaten American, a former five-weight world champion, is enjoying retirement in the wake of his victory over Conor McGregor in Las Vegas. Mayweather stopped the Irish UFC star in 10 rounds in a fight that took his professional record to 50-0 and reportedly earned him more than £250million. 

Canelo Alvarez gives $1m to help Mexico earthquake victims

Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez has lent a helping hand to relief efforts in Mexico after a 7.1-magnitude earthquake devastated the country on Tuesday, killing at least 273 people and injuring 2,000 more. The Guadalajara native, fresh from his controversial draw against Gennady Golovkin on September 16, donated $1million (£740,000) to support victims of the disaster. Canelo also joined relief organisations in his hometown, helping them organise and deliver aid to his countrymen in desperate need of help.

Hughie Fury meets Man Utd squad before Joseph Parker fight

Hughie Fury has taken time out of his preparations for his world title clash with Joseph Parker this weekend to meet members of the Manchester United squad. The United supporter challenges the unbeaten Parker for the WBO world heavyweight title at the Manchester Arena on Saturday. Parker and Fury, himself unbeaten in 20 fights as a professional, will weigh in on Friday ahead of the biggest fight of the Briton's career to date.

INTERVIEW BY GLEN WILLIAMS: Two years ago, Stuart Lancaster's England were sent crashing out of their own World Cup. What has followed has been nothing short of remarkable.

CHRIS YOUNG EXCLUSIVE : In ghost town Miami on the eve of Hurricane Irma, Luke Campbell was making his final preparations for his first taste of a world title bout with Jorge Linares.

Formula One is confident China will have a race next season but the grand prix in Shanghai may end up swapping dates with Bahrain, commercial managing director Sean Bratches said.

It says something about boxing’s silly valuation system that when Andre Ward walked out of the sport on Thursday, he did so having earned less money in the ring than Conor McGregor.

Lee Radford's team needed to beat the Tigers in their final Super 8s fixture to confirm their top-four spot and they did so in style with a thumping 48-16 victory.

Leicestershire have announced the permanent signing of former England opener Michael Carberry from Hampshire on a two-year contract. Carberry had moved to Grace Road on a loan deal last month.

Sportsmail's racing expert Robin Goodfellow dishes out his tips ahead ofSaturday's meetings at Newbury, Newmarket, Catterick and Wolverhampton.

The loss of Ayr means action at the Berkshire track now takes centre stage and the James Tate-trained two-year-old has the form to land the feature race.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather: The Spending Spree

After months of gruelling training ahead and 10 draining rounds of action in Las Vegas, Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor have finally found some time to relax. The two fighters clashed in a historic and money-spinning cross-over bout on August 26, with the unbeaten Mayweather stopping the Irish UFC star in the 10th round of one of the richest fights in boxing history.  The bout broke UK pay-per-view records and earned Mayweather a reported £259million, while McGregor is believed to have pocketed around £100m. And since fight night both fighters have been enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Liverpool are now without a win in any of their last four matches. Ahead of this Saturday's crucial clash for Klopp's side, Sportsmail asks three questions that the visitors will hope to answer en route to victory.

Gloating over superior league position begins to gain a bit of extra weight, the opposition squad is confirmed until January and ready to be slated, before the two sides finally go head to head.

Diego Costa arrived at Chelsea with a bang for £32m in the summer of 2014 and from that point drama was never far away from the striker. Here, we take a look at his highs and lows at Chelsea.