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LIVE Transfer Talk: Manchester City need £75m to pry Frenkie de Jong from Ajax

ESPN FC's Julien Laurens explains why Ousmane Dembele is finding himself in hot water at Barcelona and what he needs to do to fix it.

With the winter window opening soon, the rumour mill is beginning to gather pace. Who will be moving where come January? Transfer Talk has the latest.

TOP STORY: City will have to smash transfer record for De Jong

Manchester City will need to break their transfer record to sign Ajax playmaker Frenkie de Jong, according to the Mirror, which warns that they will have to see off competition from Barcelona.

The paper says City, who have long been linked with Netherlands international De Jong, will...

Goalkeeper in midfield, only two defenders: Is Thiago Motta's 2-7-2 formation the future of football?

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Four at the back? That's kids' stuff.

Having retired at the end of last season, Thiago Motta is currently employed as coach of the Paris Saint-Germain under-19 side, where he is charged with nurturing the club's stars of tomorrow.

In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport this week, the former Italy international was quizzed about his transition into management, and on the kind of tactical philosophy he has adopted as a coach.

Perhaps unsurprisingly as a former defensive midfielder, he admits he favours a "compact team" with a good...

What is the UEFA Nations League and how does it work? A complete guide

Craig Burley and the FC crew reflect on Germany's inability to close out games and the fighting spirit of the Netherlands in their comeback draw.
England striker Harry Kane is already looking ahead to the UEFA Nations League semi-final stage, highlighting the fact they are only two games away from winning a trophy.

The group stage of the very first UEFA Nations League has been completed. Here's a guide for all you need to know about the new competition.

What is the UEFA Nations League?

It is a competition between the 55 member nations of UEFA, created because "UEFA and its associations wanted more sporting meaning in national team football, with associations, coaches, players and supporters increasingly of the opinion that friendly matches are not providing adequate competition for national teams."

So this...

Transfer Rater: Christian Eriksen to Real Madrid, Mohamed Elneny to Leicester

Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the Whisper.

Here are today's top five emerging whispers. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip.

Rafinha to Roma

The out-of-favour Barcelona midfielder looks set to leave the club in January with Roma leading the queue of potential suitors. Rafinha, who has struggled...

Premier League breakdown: All 20 teams' seasons in two sentences

The Exploding Heads delve into football's biggest cover ups, but can they crack the case of why players insist on covering their mouths?
With VAR coming to the Premier League next season, ESPN FC's Shaka Hislop breaks down what it means for referee's and the entire league.
Check out every goal scored in the Premier League this weekend including Sergio Aguero's fantastic strike, Mohamed Salah counter and more.
The Exploding Heads explore the many reactions to the Manchester derby and Sol Bamba's extraterrestrial celebration over the Premier League weekend.

"Never look at the table until November" has been the mantra of many a manager through the years. Well, it is November ... a time when some clubs start dreaming and others are getting twitchy about their manager.

So it's time, perhaps, to reflect on the first third of the season around the Premier League from the top of the table reading down.

1. Manchester City: Look better than ever and could match last season's 100 points. Frightening that they are playing like this without Kevin De Bruyne.


Argentina seem reborn as Lionel Scaloni looks to new generation

The guys respond to your tweets about Italy's strikers struggling, the USMNT in 2018, PSG's defence and who would play them in a movie.

Right at the start of Argentina's 2-0 win over Mexico on Tuesday, Mauro Icardi scored his first international goal. Nearing the end, Paulo Dybala, at last, also opened his account.

This serves as a fitting symbol for Argentina's post-World Cup fortunes. In Russia they were nothing short of a shambles. Since then, under the caretaker stewardship of the inexperienced Lionel Scaloni, things have gone better than anyone could have hoped.

Argentina's was the oldest squad in the World Cup. Scaloni has...