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Premier League players swap football for basketball at the O2 Arena

Premier League footballers were out in force as the NBA checked in to the O2 Arena on Thursday night. Players past and present were courtside as the Washington Wizards edged out the New York Knicks in a thriller. Here, Press Association takes a look at who was enjoying the basketball in London. Former England midfielder Jamie Redknapp (far right) (Simon Cooper/PA) West Ham goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (Simon Cooper/PA) Arsenal players Hector Bellerin, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette (Simon Cooper/PA) Liverpool defender Joe Gomez (Simon Cooper/PA) Chelsea midfielders Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Ethan Ampadu (Simon Cooper/PA) Arsenal defenders Rob Holding and Calum Chambers (Simon Cooper/PA)

Report: Juventus reject Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata swap

A report claims that Juventus rejected the chance to land Alvaro Morata from Chelsea in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain as they want cash for the striker. Juventus have reportedly rejected Chelsea‘s offer of a swap deal that would see Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata move clubs. The Blues have been negotiating with Juve over a permanent switch for Higuain, who is currently on loan with AC Milan to complicate matters. Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso revealed on Saturday that the Argentina international wants to leave San Siro before the end of the month, and Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is keen on a reunion, three years after last working with the striker. Calciomercato claims that the Blues offered former Juve ace Morata as leverage to help push through a deal, but the Italian champ...

Report: Manchester United considering Paul Pogba, Douglas Costa swap

A report claims that Manchester United will consider offloading Paul Pogba to former club Juventus if Douglas Costa is offered in return. Manchester United have asked Juventus for Douglas Costa in return for Paul Pogba, according to a report. The French midfielder has returned to form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer replaced Jose Mourinho as United manager in December, scoring four goals and assisting two more in four appearances. Despite his recent displays, however, Pogba is still said to be interested in a return to former club Juventus at the end of the season. According to the Tuttosport, the Serie A champions will look to pursue the World Cup winner again in the summer, and they could sanction the move of Costa in the opposition direction to ensure that they land their man. Pogba won four...

Chelsea close to Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain swap deal?

Chelsea are on the brink of bringing in Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan in a deal that would see Alvaro Morata head the opposite way, according to a report. Chelsea have reportedly made good progress in talks with AC Milan over a swap deal involving Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri is believed to have targeted Higuain ahead of the January window, having previously worked with the striker at Napoli. A possible player-for-player transfer has been mooted over the past week, with Morata said to be keen on making a return to Italian football, two years after leaving Juventus. Italian outlet Sports Mediaset suggests that Chelsea transfer chief Marina Granovskaia has been put in charge of negotiating a deal with Milan, and Higuain’s departure from San Siro is now i...

Maurizio Sarri keen on Alvaro Morata, Gonzalo Higuain swap deal?

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata could return to Italian football with AC Milan in a swap deal involving Gonzalo Higuain, according to a report. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is reportedly keen on bringing in Gonzalo Higuain from AC Milan as part of a swap deal with Alvaro Morata. The Blues are believed to have revived their interest in Higuain, who previously thrived under the management of Sarri during their time together at Napoli. Morata has not had the same impact for the Italian at Stamford Bridge, though, and the out-of-form striker may be used as a makeweight in a deal to bring Higuain to West London. Sky Sport Italia suggests that Morata would welcome a return to Serie A, where he spent two successful years with Juventus, but the fact Higuain is only technically on loan with Milan coul...

Paul Pogba, Alex Sandro in swap deal?

Manchester United informs Juventus that they want Alex Sandro in exchange for Paul Pogba, according to a report. Manchester United have reportedly informed Juventus that they want Alex Sandro in exchange for Paul Pogba. Pogba left Juventus to re-join Manchester United in the summer of 2016, and the midfielder has scored five times and registered four assists in 20 appearances for the Red Devils this term. The 25-year-old’s long-term future at Old Trafford is far from secure, however, with both Barcelona and Juventus strongly linked with moves during the summer transfer window. Pogba won four Serie A titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016, having moved to the Old Lady after becoming frustrated with a lack of opportunities at United, and he recently said that Turin was ‘his h...

Chelsea ‘considering Andreas Christensen, Elseid Hysaj swap’

Chelsea are reportedly considering including out-of-favour defender Andreas Christensen in any deal to bring Elseid Hysaj to the club from Napoli in January. Chelsea are reportedly considering a swap deal with Napoli which would see Andreas Christensen join the Serie A outfit in exchange for Elseid Hysaj moving in the opposite direction. Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is understood to have recommended Hysaj to the club, having previously managed the full-back at Empoli and Napoli. Sarri is keen to reunite with the Albania international at Stamford Bridge too, and Calciomercato claims that he would be willing to consider using Christensen as part of any deal. Christensen has been linked with a move away from Chelsea in January having found himself firmly down the pecking order since Sarri̵...

Barcelona ‘planning swap deal for Neymar, Ousmane Dembele’

Barcelona are reportedly hoping to use wantaway winger Ousmane Dembele as a makeweight in any deal to bring PSG forward Neymar back to the Camp Nou. Barcelona are reportedly hopeful of using Ousmane Dembele as part of a deal to bring Neymar back to the Camp Nou. Reports emerged earlier this week that Barcelona were considering the idea of re-signing Neymar, who left the Spanish champions for Paris Saint-Germain in a world-record deal last summer. Dembele was brought in as Neymar’s replacement, but the France international missed a large chunk of his first season through injury and has fallen out of favour with manager Ernesto Valverde this term. The 21-year-old scored five goals in his first six appearances this season, but his ill-discipline – including turning up late for tra...

Roma rule out swap deal for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey

Roma sporting director Monchi rules out the possibility of Patrik Schick leaving the club on loan in January, despite reports of a possible swap deal for Aaron Ramsey. Roma sporting director Monchi has ruled out the possibility of Patrik Schick joining Arsenal on loan as part of a swap deal for Aaron Ramsey. Ramsey’s contract at the Emirates Stadium expires at the end of the season and the midfielder could leave the club as early as January having been told that he will not be offered an extension. Reports suggested that Arsenal could look to sign Schick on loan in January as a replacement for Danny Welbeck, who is expected to miss the rest of the season with an ankle injury. Ramsey would have moved in the opposite direction on a free transfer as part of that deal, but Monchi has ins...

Arsenal to consider swap deal involving Aaron Ramsey and Roma’s Patrik Schick?

Arsenal are reportedly ready to give consideration to a swap deal involving midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Roma forward Patrik Schick. Arsenal have reportedly identified Roma forward Patrik Schick as a potential signing for the January transfer window. The Gunners are likely to be without Danny Welbeck for the rest of the season after the England international suffered a serious ankle injury on Thursday, and it leaves Unai Emery having to find a replacement. According to Corriere dello Sport, the North London outfit may look to secure a loan deal for Schick at the midway point of the campaign. The 22-year-old has made just two starts and six substitute appearances this season, and Roma may be willing to allow the Czech frontman to go out on loan. The report claims that Roma could look to try ...

Barcelona keen to swap Malcom for Chelsea forward Willian?

A report claims that Barcelona could table a player-plus-cash offer for Chelsea forward Willian, with Malcom being sacrificed to help push through a deal. Barcelona are reportedly working on a deal to bring Chelsea forward Willian to Camp Nou next year, which could involve Malcom heading the opposite way. The Spanish champions were strongly linked with the Brazilian attacker during the summer and allegedly held talks with his representatives. Chelsea managed to keep hold of the 30-year-old but, according to Spanish outlet La Sexta, Barca have not given up hope of landing one of their long-term targets in 2019. Malcom was brought in from Bordeaux for £36.5m after the Catalans missed out on Willian, but the France international has failed to impress so far, featuring just twice from the benc...

Floyd Mayweather challenges Khabib Nurmagomedov to swap octagon for boxing ring

Floyd Mayweather has told UFC’s Khabib Nurmagomedov to “come to my world” in challenging the Russian to step into the boxing ring for a fight which the American estimates could earn him 200million US dollars (£152.6million). Mayweather says his purse for the fight could be double what he earned from a similar showdown with Conor McGregor in 2017. Nurmagomedov beat McGregor in mixed martial arts in Las Vegas last weekend before calling out Mayweather, who says the fight must take place in the Nevada city. CBS, Showtime and MGM Grand get the checkbook out! Go to @leonardellerbe ‘s page to view Khabib Nurmagomedov challenging me.#CBS#SHOWTIME #MGMGRAND#MayweatherPromotions pic.twitter.com/6OtiDhtbNx — Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) October 15, 2018 “Oh, we fighting. He called me out. So,...

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