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Trending: Chelsea agree Oscar sale to China, Allardyce set for Palace job

Here are the latest stories for Friday.

CHELSEA: Oscar will complete his move from Chelsea to Shanghai SIPG in January, the Premier League leaders have announced. He will move for a reported £60 million.

- Antonio Conte has called on his Chelsea players to back up their billing as Premier League title favourites on the pitch over Christmas.

- John Obi Mikel's agent has confirmed that the Nigeria international is "very likely" to leave Chelsea in January after spending the first half of the season on the sidelines.

- Frank Lampard is not taking a coaching role at Chelsea because he wants to continue playing, boss Antonio Conte has said.

CRYSTAL PALACE: Sam Allardyce could be appointed Crystal Palace manager within the next 48 hours after the club's sacking of previous boss Alan Pardew on Thursday, sources have told ESPN FC.

PSG: Paris Saint-Germain have reached an agreement with VfL Wolfsburg for the transfer of Julian Draxler, a source close to the French champions has told ESPN FC.

COPA DEL REY: Barcelona and Real Madrid both face difficult starts to 2017 after drawing Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla respectively in the Copa del Rey on Friday.

BOCA JUNIORS:  President Daniel Angelici is resigned to losing star forward Carlos Tevez, with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua offering a world-record £615,000 ($760,632) per week in wages.

MAN UNITEDMorgan Schneiderlin has asked to leave Manchester United, with West Bromwich Albion leading the race to sign the midfielder after lodging a £13 million bid.

Jose Mourinho has said it will be "very difficult" to catch Chelsea this season as they are unlikely to drop many points due to their defensive tactics.

- Rio Ferdinand reckons Jose Mourinho has finally found the position that best suits star midfielder Paul Pogba.

- Marcos Rojo has said he is looking forward to the Boxing Day home game against Sunderland -- even though he would rather have "a little rest" over the Christmas period.

ARSENAL: Danny Welbeck was back in full training on Friday after a long-term absence, with manager Arsene Wenger saying the return of injured players mean he will not need reinforcements in the January transfer window.

- Wenger has backed Mesut Ozil to respond to the criticism he faced after Arsenal's 2-1 loss to Manchester City and defended the playmaker's work rate off the ball.

- Granit Xhaka insists he will never change his aggressive playing style and doesn't see his poor disciplinary record as a problem.

ENGLAND: Roy Hodgson has told The Times his side's stunning 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016 came as "a massive surprise."

- Hodgson said that Wayne Rooney should have received more support from the Football Association and his teammates after being pictured drinking at a wedding reception while on international duty.

WEST HAM: Slaven Bilic has said West Ham might renew their pursuit of AC Milan's out-of-favour striker Carlos Bacca in the January transfer window.

SWANSEA: Bob Bradley says there is no issue with how he talks about the game after using "PK'' to describe a penalty and referring to a game at Middlesbrough as a "road game.''

BURNLEY: Joey Barton has been charged by the Football Association with breaking betting rules just three days agreeing a deal to rejoin Premier League side Burnley.

GENOA: Pietro Pellegri wrote his name in the record books on Wednesday night by becoming the joint-youngest player ever to debut in Italy's Serie A, at the age of 15.

LIGA MX:  Club America and Tigres drew 1-1 in the first leg of the 2016 Apertura final, with Andre-Pierre Gignac and Bruno Valdez each scoring crucial goals for their teams.

- Tigres have announced that striker Andre-Pierre Gignac is a doubt for the second leg with a "grade-2 cervical sprain."

MLS:  United States Under-20 coach Tab Ramos has been added to the list of candidates to be the next general manager of the San Jose Earthquakes, according to multiple sources.

- The Seattle Sounders have acquired midfielder Harry Shipp from the Montreal Impact in exchange for general allocation money.

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