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Transfer window: Man United, Arsenal, Real Madrid need defenders; Man City, PSG to wait?

The transfer window is nearly upon us, but clubs across Europe are already planning for their January business. Who will come in? Who will depart?

ESPN FC's club correspondents delve into the deals which may be on the cards.

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MAN CITY: In need of a holding midfielder

What does the team need in January?

Manchester City have two quality players for every position, with the exception of defensive midfield and left-back. The holding role in the centre of midfield is a crucial...

Sorry, Pep: Possession isn't everything. Just ask Atletico and Dortmund, football's 'medieval minimalists'

The final matchday of the UEFA Champions League group stage was a very good one for teams who saw little of the ball, as several sides who had 40 percent or less possession claimed some notable victories. The most striking of those wins came at the Santiago Bernabeu, where CSKA Moscow, who had just 31 percent of the play, defeated titleholders Real Madrid 3-0. In doing so, they not only became the first opposition to beat the stumbling Spanish giants both home and away in the Champions League in...

Where could Pulisic land in January: Chelsea, Liverpool, Man United or Bayern?

Steve Nicol has his say on where Christian Pulisic is most likely to go should he leave Borussia Dortmund this campaign.
Raf Honigstein explains why he feels Christian Pulisic still has more to prove at Dortmund before making a big-money move elsewhere in Europe.

"We will not sell a player in winter who's essential to us achieving our sporting aims, of course," Borussia Dortmund's Michael Zorc told Sport-Bild in relation to Christian Pulisic this week. "I strongly expect Christian to be wearing the BVB shirt in February," the sporting director added.

The league leaders' overriding concern is to ensure that the squad stays strong and deep for the second half of a campaign that promises to deliver a championship for the first time since 2012. At the same...

Weekend numbers: Lionel Messi's free-kick record, Romelu Lukaku ends home rut

Craig Burley was surprised to not see a reaction from Manchester City to N'Golo Kanté's first-half goal, in Chelsea's 2-0 win over the title-holders.
Gabriele Marcotti outlines Lucien Favre's tactics in Borussia Dortmund's 2-1 win over Schalke.
Craig Burley and Adrian Healy breakdown Manchester United's thrashing of Fulham and Jose Mourinho's cryptic comments after the match.
Pep Guardiola insists anyone can win the Premier League title and there is no favourite after Man City's loss to Chelsea.
Jose Mourinho praised Paul Pogba and outlined what he needs to do to get back into the starting XI.
Jurgen Klopp insists he isn't surprised by Mohamed Salah's desire to score after he stayed on his feet during Liverpool's second goal.
Mauricio Pochettino has immediately switched his focus to Barcelona after Tottenham's 2-0 win in the Premier League over Leicester.
Niko Kovac admits Borussia Dortmund would have to make mistakes in order for Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
Jose Mourinho feels Man United fans cannot point the finger at any of his players following their 4-1 win over Fulham.
Maurizio Sarri was quick to rule out Chelsea's title chances after their victory over Manchester City.
Jose Mourinho jokingly suggested Man United were trying to save money for January after he found no water at his press conference.

Chelsea stunning Manchester City and Liverpool thrashing Bournemouth to go top have made the Premier League title race exciting again. In Spain, Lionel Messi eviscerated Espanyol with a display of supreme skill, while in Italy, Juventus continued their remorseless march to an eighth straight scudetto with a 1-0 win over Inter. Here are the best numbers from an action-packed weekend of football.


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Here's a ridiculous Messi stat: Messi has more free-kick goals over the last four La Liga seasons (15)...

Schalke reduced to 'spoilers' in Revierderby as Dortmund eye first Bundesliga title since 2012

Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 are separated by 19 points in the table but on Saturday, the two clubs will be uncomfortably close once more, forced to tussle with each other in the bear-pit of the Veltins-Arena. Proximity breeds contempt and it's felt most keenly in the Revier, the post-industrialist heartland of German football, where neighbourly animosity verges on the pathological.

Those in charge on either side of the Yellow-Blue tribal divide have been at pains to stress that relations...

By the numbers: Ronaldo equals 51-year-old record, Lukaku ends drought

The FC crew answer your tweets on where Divock Origi's goal ranks among the luckiest of all time, Kane vs. Aubameyang and much more.
Arsenal's Unai Emery admits he 'didn't know' if Mesut Ozil attended the north London derby win over Tottenham, with the German missing due to back problem.
Steve Nicol raises concerns about Liverpool's star-powered front three after substitute Divock Origi came on to score the winner against Everton.
Everton manager Marco Silva admitted he didn't see Jurgen Klopp run onto the pitch to celebrate Liverpool's late winner in the Merseyside Derby, nor did he receive an apology from Klopp.
Goals from Neymar and Kylian Mbappe were spoiled by Bordeaux, who stormed back to end PSG's 14-game win streak to start the season.
Tottenham's Mauricio Pochettino believes his side were mentally and physically tired from their Champions League win over Inter Milan during their 4-2 defeat to Arsenal.
Chelsea's Maurizio Sarri admitted it wasn't easy for his players to bounce back in the Premier League so quickly following a defeat to Tottenham and a midweek victory in the Europa League.
PSG manager Thomas Tuchel insists Neymar is ruled out of their midweek game with Strasbourg after being taken off against Bordeaux with an injury.
The guys respond to your tweets about Sebastian Salazar's notepads, Jose Mourinho's future at Man United and who replaces him if he leaves.

A feisty North London derby, a tepid Manchester United performance, a "rare" Real Madrid win, a ruthless Manchester City performance, a milestone for Cristiano Ronaldo, a madcap finish to the Merseyside derby, a first league draw for PSG... this weekend had it all. Here are the best numbers from this weekend's football.


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Liverpool have scored more 90 (+) minute winners vs. Everton than any side has vs. another in Premier League history. They are now unbeaten in their last 21 games vs Everton...