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Thiago joins Liverpool, Bale arrives at Spurs and more – football countdown

Manchester United begin their Premier League campaign at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday. Here’s our match preview from Jamie Jackson, who tips Harry Maguire and Mason Greenwood to start, with new midfield recruit Donny van de Beek on the bench. Manchester United v Crystal Palace: match preview A little more

Tanguy Ndombele scores Tottenham winner at nine-man Lokomotiv Plovdiv

Tottenham might hope Gareth Bale had better things to do than watch this. They managed to extricate themselves from trouble against a limited Lokomotiv Plovdiv but only after the Bulgarian side had imploded when the finishing line was in sight. Liverpool agree £27m fee to sign Thiago Alcântara from Bayern Munich

Alexis Sánchez admits wanting United exit after first training session – video

Alexis Sánchez revealed in an Instagram video that he asked his agent whether he could leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after only one training session.  The 31-year-old has used a six-minute long Instagram post to tell his side of the story about his failed move to Old Trafford in

Hamburg’s Leistner confronts Dresden fans in stands after German Cup defeat

The Hamburg defender Toni Leistner is set to face disciplinary action after climbing into the stands to confront Dynamo Dresden fans following his side’s 4-1 defeat in the first round of the DFB-Pokal, the German Cup. A video clip widely shared on social media shows Leistner, who joined the 2. Bundesliga

Ryan Fraser’s debut goal sees Newcastle beat Blackburn in Carabao Cup

Ryan Fraser did much more than merely secure Newcastle a third- round trip to Morecambe next week. Not content with shooting the winner in the tightest of ties, the Scotland winger’s high-energy skills on his debut suggested he will be a very big hit with his new public. Haller hits two

Gary Lineker agrees £400,000 BBC pay cut and to tweet more carefully

Gary Lineker has taken a £400,000 pay cut to remain as host of Match of the Day for the next five years, along with an agreement to be more careful in his use of Twitter to push political causes. Tim Davie, the new BBC director general, announced the deal at the

‘It’s my club, my home’: Jack Grealish signs new five-year Aston Villa contract

Jack Grealish has given Aston Villa the perfect pre-season boost by banishing speculation about a transfer and signing a new contract at the club he has supported and played for since childhood. “I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa,” said Grealish after pledging his services to Villa for another

Bayern Munich champions of Europe for sixth time after beating PSG – video

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Bayern Munich are the champions of Europe after a 1-0 victory over Paris Saint-Germain. Victory in Lisbon was the sixth time the Bundesliga champions have won the competition.  A second-half header from Bayern forward Kingsley Coman was the difference after a cagey game between the champions of France and Germany respectively.  The

Women’s Super League: talking points from the weekend’s action | Rachel Brown-Finnis

Morgan confirms WSL’s star status The WSL has welcomed a dizzying array of talent in recent weeks, with Spurs’ addition of Alex Morgan the icing on the cake. I want to emphasise just how much it means to women’s football in England for players like Morgan, Tobin Heath, Christen Press, Rose

Craig Cathcart gives Watford victory over Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough

Watford began life back in the Championship with a victory as Craig Cathcart’s early header saw off Middlesbrough to give Vladimir Ivic a winning start as head coach. The Hornets saw a five-year stint in the Premier League end with relegation in July but their push to earn an immediate return