There is a team from Merseyside leading the way in the Premier League, but it is not the reigning champions.

Everton have started the 2020-21 season in outstanding form, making it four wins from four as they saw off Brighton and Hove Albion to move clear of neighbours Liverpool and Leicester City at the summit.

Manchester City are a little off the pace in the early stages after they were held by Leeds United, while Chelsea and Newcastle United were victorious on home turf in Saturday's action.

Now the dust has settled, relive the action with the help of some notable facts from Opta.

 

Chelsea 4-0 Crystal Palace: Chilwell impresses before Jorginho hits the spot

Talk about a game of contrasting halves. Chelsea struggled in the first 45 minutes, but everything changed when Ben Chilwell opened the scoring on his 100th Premier League appearance - his first for the Blues since arriving from Leicester.

The left-back also delivered the ball that allowed Kurt Zouma to double the advantage, making Chilwell just the third player to score and assist in a Premier League debut for Chelsea, a feat previously achieved by Deco and Alvaro Morata.

Jorginho converted twice from the spot to give the final score a lopsided look, meaning the midfielder has scored 10 of his 11 penalties in the Premier League (his solitary miss came against Liverpool last month, in case you happen to have forgotten).

Still, perhaps the outcome should have been expected. Chelsea have now won six straight in the league against Palace, who have been beaten in nine of their past 12 top-flight outings.

Everton 4-2 Brighton and Hove Albion: Inspirational James helps Toffees stay perfect

The good times continue at Goodison Park as Everton continue to impress. The previous time they won four in a row at the start of the season was back in 1969, when Carlo Ancelotti was 10 years old.

James Rodriguez is certainly rolling back the years since his arrival in England, scoring twice in this game to help down the Seagulls. He was one of three Colombians to appear in this fixture too, joined by team-mate Yerry Mina and Brighton's Steven Alzate.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin continued his scoring streak with the opener, becoming the first player to find the net in each of Everton's first four Premier League games of a season in the process.

Another error by Jordan Pickford is a concern - the England international has now made 11 that led to goals since his Everton debut in August 2107, more than any other goalkeeper in that time - but should not spoil the feel-good atmosphere on the blue half of Merseyside.

Leeds United 1-1 Manchester City: Pep makes his point as Rodrigo ends wait

The clash between stylists Marcelo Bielsa and Pep Guardiola did not disappoint, even with heavy rainfall throughout at Elland Road. Pep remains unbeaten against his fellow coach in four meetings, though he had to settle for a point as his depleted City side were pegged back.

Raheem Sterling broke the deadlock; he has scored more goals than any other Premier League player in all competitions since the start of last season (34), albeit this one was not enough to secure victory.

Rodrigo levelled, in the process becoming the first Spaniard to score for Leeds in the Premier League. It was not his first in the competition, though, as that came for Bolton nine years and 272 days earlier. Only Andy Johnson (nine years and 276 days) has had a longer gap between goals in the Premier League era.

Speaking of gaps, City have four points from three games so sit eight points behind Everton. Plenty of time left yet, of course, but the international break may come at a nice time for Guardiola and his squad, provided no players get injured while representing their countries.

Newcastle United 3-1 Burnley: Maximin effect helps give Bruce home comforts

Allan Saint-Maximin stole the show as Steve Bruce's side collected their first home league win in six attempts, while they are unbeaten in seven against Burnley at St James' Park.

Callum Wilson converted a late penalty to finish with a brace, making the striker the first Newcastle player to have four goals in his opening four Premier League games since Les Ferdinand in the 1995-96 campaign.

While Newcastle head into the break on a high, Burnley remain without a point to their name. The last time they lost three straight to start a top-flight campaign was back in 1927-28.

There was a reason to celebrate for Ashley Westwood, grabbing Burnley's goal as he became the eighth player to hit the 100-game mark in the Premier League for the club.

This, however, is a game that will be remembered for the excellence of Saint-Maximin, who both scored and assisted in a Premier League fixture for the first time.

Manchester United are reportedly set to finally make another signing with the arrival of Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, 33, has been a free agent since leaving Paris Saint-Germain at the end of his contract in June.

Linked with numerous clubs, the Uruguayan appears set for Old Trafford.

 

TOP STORY – CAVANI AGREES TO JOIN MAN UTD

Cavani is set to travel to England on Sunday to complete his move to Manchester United, according to The Guardian.

Widespread reports say Cavani will join United on a one-year deal with the option of extending until 2022.

Cavani scored 200 goals across seven seasons at PSG, becoming the Ligue 1 club's all-time leading goalscorer.

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- Callum Hudson-Odoi's future looks set to be a major talking point before the transfer window closes on Monday. The Daily Mail reports Chelsea turned down an offer for Hudson-Odoi from Bayern Munich, who are said to have initially wanted the attacker on loan with an option to buy for €77.3million (£70m).

- Elsewhere in London, Dele Alli's future at Tottenham remains uncertain. The Daily Mail says Spurs are expecting another bid from PSG for the midfielder after having two offers rejected. Staying at Spurs and The Athletic reports they have reached an agreement with Hoffenheim to loan out Ryan Sessegnon for the 2020-21 season.

- It seems Arsenal have fallen short in their bid to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar. Goal reports the 22-year-old is planning to stay at the Ligue 1 club despite apparent interest from Arsenal, Manchester City and Real Madrid.

- Arsenal may look elsewhere. ESPN reports Arsenal have turned their focus to Chelsea midfielder Jorginho, who they hope to sign on loan.

- Chelsea could be looking for others to leave too. The Sun reports the Premier League club want to see Ruben Loftus-Cheek depart on loan, with Southampton linked with the midfielder.

- Moise Kean may be heading back to Juventus. Corriere dello Sport says Juve want the Everton forward on a free loan with a purchase option, while the Premier League high-flyers are hoping to get back the €27.5million (£24.9m) plus €2.5m (£2.3m) in add-ons they paid for the 20-year-old last year.

Pep Guardiola accepted a 1-1 draw was a fair result for Manchester City after they were pegged back by Leeds United at Elland Road.

Raheem Sterling gave a depleted City side the lead in the 17th minute, with the visitors dominating for the majority of the opening half of Saturday's Premier League fixture.

However, Leeds weathered the storm amid heavy rainfall and, after the break, caused their opponents problems. Eventually, Rodrigo equalised, the Spaniard capitalising on an error by visiting goalkeeper Ederson.

The two teams then went toe-to-toe in pursuit of a winner and while City were unable to score again, Guardiola was pleased with the performance, considering some of the key players missing.

"It was a good game, a fair result," Guardiola told Sky Sports. "We made an incredible 30 minutes when we could have scored more goals, but we could not.  

"We knew this was a team that, until the final whistle, they will be there. But my team, with the situation that we have, without pre-season and a lot of players out, they showed an incredible behaviour. 

"Unfortunately, we could not win, but we move on from here."

City were without forward duo Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, as well as midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, though new signing Ruben Dias featured from the start following his arrival from Benfica.

On the performance of the team, Guardiola added: "We played a good game, a different game to ones we're used to - more up and down, more transitions.  

"In the first half, before they had the chances at the end, we had chances to kill the game.  

"In the second half it was a little more equal - there was a part when they were better, then in the last 10 or 15 minutes we were better as we tried to win the game."

Guardiola admitted it is "not easy" to play against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds, who have impressed in the early stages of the 2020-21 season following their return to the top flight.

"They put a lot of players behind our midfield line, they attack incredibly quick with the quality of players they have, fast players outside," the City boss said. 

"It's not easy to play against them. I think all the teams they played this season so far, and last season in the Championship, they've shown how good they are."

Raheem Sterling has been impressed at how Manchester City have coped without key players despite having to settle for a 1-1 draw against Leeds United. 

Sterling scored an impressive opener on Saturday, but City were ultimately denied victory in a thrilling Premier League encounter at Elland Road, Rodrigo equalising in the second half after a mistake by goalkeeper Ederson. 

The latest strike for England international Sterling meant he has scored 34 goals in all competitions since the start of last season, more than anyone else in the Premier League. 

He also has eight opening goals over that period, a record only bettered by Danny Ings (12) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (nine). 

As well as his impressive individual form, Sterling believes Pep Guardiola's squad have managed well without the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan.

That positive assessment comes despite them dropping points against Leeds a week after a humbling 5-2 home defeat to Leicester City, though those league games were either side of a 3-0 EFL Cup win at Burnley in which Sterling netted twice. 

"There were a few setbacks that we have had like injuries," Sterling said to BBC Sport after City racked up 23 shots but managed to get just two of those on target. 

"I think we have done well with a short squad that we have had. 

"We have done fantastic, and after the international break we should have a fit squad and be ready to go." 

Sterling enjoyed an end-to-end battle with Leeds, who hit the woodwork twice, while City did the same through Kevin De Bruyne. 

"It was a difficult game," added the City forward. "The energy levels start to finish we impressive. 

"They were right in our faces. I prefer playing against teams like that instead of 11 men behind the ball."

Rodrigo capitalised on a bad mistake from Ederson to score his first goal for Leeds United and secure a 1-1 Premier League draw against Manchester City at Elland Road.

City, hammered 5-2 at home by Leicester City last weekend, made a blistering start in driving rain at Elland Road and Raheem Sterling deservedly put them in front.

Leeds grew into a pulsating contest, though, and record signing Rodrigo opened his account for the promoted side soon after coming on when goalkeeper Ederson made a mess of trying to deal with a corner.

Rodrigo also hit the crossbar twice as the Whites continued their impressive start to life in the top tier, although City felt they should have had a late penalty for a challenge on Sterling.

It meant Pep Guardiola and Marcelo Bielsa having to settle for a point apiece in a clash that was billed as the master against the apprentice.

Ruben Dias has been named in Manchester City's starting XI for the trip to Leeds United, giving the centre-back his club debut.

Dias' move to City for an initial £62million (€68m) was confirmed by Benfica last Sunday.

Nicolas Otamendi went the other way as part of the deal, and Dias – whose arrival was formalised by City two days later – comes straight into the starting XI at the first opportunity.

Dias was unavailable for the 3-0 EFL Cup win over Burnley on Wednesday, but he takes the place of Fernandinho in the line-up and partners Aymeric Laporte in what many believe will be City's long-term first-choice pairing at centre-back.

There is also a first Premier League start for winger Ferran Torres, another of City's new signings having joined for a reported initial fee of £20m (€22m) from Valencia in pre-season.

He started and scored in the win over Burnley.

This is City's first Premier League game since getting hammered 5-2 at home by Leicester City last weekend.

It sees Pep Guardiola go up against Marcelo Bielsa, one of his biggest influences as a coach.

Ronald Koeman says Ousmane Dembele must decide his own future amid talk of a possible move to Manchester United from Barcelona.

United are said to be interested in signing the France international on loan, having been frustrated in their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho.

Koeman left Dembele out of the starting line-up for Thursday's 3-0 win at Celta Vigo and chose to bring on Pedri, Francisco Trincao and Ronald Araujo as attacking reinforcements off the bench.

With Monday's transfer deadline looming, Koeman suggested Dembele could leave if he wants to pursue more regular football.

"I can't say much more on this topic," he told reporters on Saturday.

"I always try to bring the maximum performance out of the team and, if there are changes, it's for a reason.

"If Pedri has come on in the last two games, it's because of his work in training. The other day, Trincao and Pedri came on because they deserved to.

"I haven't spoken with him about his future. Everything depends on the player. I haven't spoken with him on his future, but there are a couple of days left before the market closes.

"We have a lot of competition in attack. There's a lot of quality and there is Ansu [Fati], Konrad [de la Fuente], Dembele, [Antoine] Griezmann and many more in his position. There's competition. Ansu Fati is ahead of Dembele.

"I want to have a happy squad. He might be annoyed for not playing - that's perfect - but if he doesn't want to be here, he has to tell me.

"I will count on him and he will have chances to play if there's nothing, if there are no movements."

Koeman also confirmed he would like to bring in Eric Garcia from Manchester City before the deadline.

Garcia refused the offer of a new contract at the Etihad Stadium and will be free to leave for nothing next year.

Manager Pep Guardiola said on Friday that there was no agreement between City and Barca but that he was not sure whether the centre-back would be staying in England for now.

"It's true we want to have this player here because we only have three or four centre-backs, but I can't say anything more," said Koeman.

"I've also seen Pep's comments from City, there is interest, but I don't know if we'll be able to get him."

Pep Guardiola has hailed new Manchester City signing Ruben Dias as "a natural leader" but insists he will not deviate from his preferred defensive system.

Dias joined City for an initial fee of £62million (€68m), with Nicolas Otamendi heading to Benfica as part of the deal, and he could make his Premier League debut against Leeds United on Saturday.

The centre-half's move was announced in the hours after City had lost 5-2 at home to Leicester City, marking the first time a Guardiola team had conceded five goals in a game in a coaching career spanning 686 matches.

The City boss warned Dias will need time to adjust to his new surroundings but is confident he will make a big difference when he is settled.

"We knew all about his personality before we tried to buy him," Guardiola told Sky Sports.

"He's not just a player with skills, he's a natural leader - you have to be to be captain of a team like Benfica, one of the greatest teams of all time in Europe, at 23. In a short time, he'll be captain of Portugal, too.

"He needs time - to know the players, to know the way we want to play, but he came here for six years; in that time he will become an important player for us."

City have spent in the region of £400million on defenders since Guardiola took charge in 2016, but defensive concerns over the past year have prompted doubts about their strength at the back.

They were punished for some suspect defending in their 2-1 FA Cup semi-final loss to Arsenal and 3-1 Champions League exit at the hands of Lyon last season, and they have kept only one clean sheet in their past six games in all competitions.

Concerns about the vulnerability of a high defensive line are not about to force Guardiola into a change, though.

"The high line has always been like this for me," he said. "My teams have conceded the fewest goals playing 40 metres away from our box. I've always believed the further you are from your goal, the less chance you have to concede.

"We have to control the counter-press as a team, we have to improve playing against the counter-attack. We have to have more passes to have more control in the game but I don't see it as a big issue right now. We didn't lose against Leicester because of the counter-attack.

"Every day I try to get the players believing in the message. Most of my backroom staff have remained the same and look what we've won in three seasons.

"If ever the players don't believe the message, it will be my fault. I have to keep doing my best to try and convince them. I know that when you're winning, everything you're doing is right, and when you lose, you have a problem. But they're pretty convinced by what we're doing."

City face Leeds United on Saturday, a team managed by Marcelo Bielsa, the man Guardiola says he admires the most "as a manager and also a person".

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss also looks to Bielsa as a reason never to abandon your principles "not even in the bad moments".

"Whether your career is long or short, you have ups and downs, but never in the downs do I doubt about the players or the way I feel. Nobody can assure you of a victory, nobody can assure you with one idea that you will have success," he added.

"You have to believe in your own convictions."

Pep Guardiola says he is unsure if wantaway Manchester City defender Eric Garcia will return to Barcelona before the transfer window closes on Monday.

Guardiola revealed in August that Garcia had turned down a new contract amid reports Barca wanted to take him back to his homeland.

The 19-year-old centre-back's current deal expires at the end of this season and links with the Blaugrana have intensified.

On Friday Guardiola revealed there was no agreement with Barca, but he admitted that does not mean the teenager, who joined City in 2017, will remain in Manchester.

Asked if Garcia could be on his way back to Barca, he said: "I don't know, today he is our player and Monday is the transfer window, so I don't know exactly what is going to happen.

"I know he wants to live there and Barcelona wants him, but there is no deal between the clubs. That is what I know right now, so how it is going to finish, I don't know."

City face Leeds United at Elland Road on Saturday after suffering a 5-2 Premier League hammering at home to Leicester City last weekend, prior to beating Burnley in the EFL Cup in midweek.

Strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus remain among the players unavailable due to injury, while İlkay Gundogan has not yet returned to training after testing positive for coronavirus, but is set to be back following the international break.

Guardiola, who did not reveal if new signing Ruben Dias will start at Leeds, says City cannot make excuses as they prepare to face Marcelo Bielsa's in-form side.

"I know we are still a little bit away from the best, for many reasons, but it is what it is," said the City manager.

"We lost against Leicester, not because of a lack of physical condition or because we did not have several players or whatever. You can see the three penalties conceded, so it's difficult to win the game. 

"We have to look at ourselves. Of course, we are not where we should be for the reasons at the time, the injuries, the COVID, for many reasons, but it is what it is.

"If we start to complain we won't take any step forward and the big clubs that want to try to achieve good things, they have to always step forward with the conditions, the situation we have."

Pep Guardiola hailed Marcelo Bielsa as "the most authentic manager all the time" and a "gift" to the Premier League ahead of Manchester City's trip to Elland Road.

Guardiola has long since spoken of his huge admiration for the Leeds United boss, describing the wily Argentine as the best coach in the world.

Bielsa dismissed talk of being a mentor for City manager Guardiola as the two prepare to pit their wits against each other in the English top flight for the first time on Saturday.

Guardiola travelled to Argentina for an inspirational meeting with Bielsa back in 2006 and has since come up against the 65-year-old when Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao did battle in LaLiga.

There was huge praise from Guardiola for Bielsa on the eve of the showdown in West Yorkshire.

The Spaniard told the media: "He's probably the person I've admired the most in world football. As a manager and as a person.

"I think he's the most authentic manager all the time, in terms of how he conducts his teams. He's unique. Nobody can imitate him, it's impossible, Especially his behaviour as a person on the pitch, related to the media.

"I was fortunate, I don't see him every week, but the pleasure to when I can spend time with him, it's so inspirational for me.

"My theory is the manager is not about the titles, because I feel far away from his knowledge. My teams won more titles than his, but in terms of knowledge of the game, I am away from him. It is a good present, a good gift to have him in the Premier League."

Leeds have won two of their opening three matches on their return to top tier after a 16-year absence and only a late Liverpool goal consigned them to a 4-3 defeat at Anfield.

Guardiola knows what to expect from Bielsa's in-form side this weekend.

He said: "They do exactly what they have to do. They are a team, fight for each other, defend a lot around the box. They have good build-up.

"At the right moment, they arrive with a lot of players. I played three times against Marcelo at Bilbao, and every game was so difficult."

Pep Guardiola will decide after training on Friday whether new signing Ruben Dias will start for Manchester City at Leeds United on Saturday.

Dias joined City for an initial fee of £62million (€68m), with Nicolas Otamendi heading to Benfica as part of the deal.

City boss Guardiola said the Portugal centre-back has settled in well, but would not confirm if he will go straight into the side for the Premier League clash at Elland Road.

He said during a news conference on Friday: "He [Dias] trained two training sessions, yesterday and today.

"He's good, he's part of the team right now, we'll see tomorrow, training session this afternoon then we'll decide."


Gabriel Jesus will not face in-form Leeds as the striker continues to recover from knee surgery.

Asked about the Brazil international's condition, Guardiola replied: "He is not ready. Hopefully after the international break he will be ready."

Ilkay Gundogan, who tested positive for coronavirus last month, returned to the club on Friday but has not rejoined his team-mates for training.

Guardiola said of the midfielder: "Today was the first day he is back but he didn't train. He will train with us during the international break and we will see."

Guardiola's side were hammered 5-2 at home by Leicester City in the Premier League last weekend before responding with a 3-0 EFL Cup victory at Burnley.

Mikel Arteta will face former mentor Pep Guardiola after Arsenal were drawn against Manchester City in the EFL Cup quarter-finals.

Arsenal manager Arteta spent three seasons as assistant to Guardiola during an unprecedented period of success for City before swapping jobs last December.

The sides have met twice since then, with Arsenal exacting revenge for a 3-0 Premier League defeat towards the end of last season with a 2-0 win in the 2019-20 FA Cup semi-finals.

Arsenal beat Liverpool on penalties after a goalless last-16 tie on Thursday, while City saw off Burnley 3-0 to stay on course for a fifth EFL Cup triumph in six years.

Elsewhere, Manchester United will travel to Everton in another all-Premier League tie and Tottenham's reward for knocking out London rivals Chelsea is a trip to Championship outfit Stoke City.

Brentford are the other second-tier side remaining and host Newcastle United – penalty shoot-out winners against Newport County on Wednesday – for a place in the semi-finals.

The last-eight ties will be contested over one leg on the week commencing December 21.

Bayern Munich added a major double to their famous treble as striker Robert Lewandowski and head coach Hansi Flick were honoured with UEFA's top individual awards on Thursday. 

Lewandowski scored 55 goals last season, including 15 in the Champions League, and he collected the UEFA Men's Player of the Year prize, while Flick was presented with the Men's Coach of the Year honour. 

Last season saw Bayern sweep the board with their Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League triumphs to seal a stunning treble. 

Former Germany assistant boss Flick took charge at Bayern in November after the team experienced a slow start to the season under predecessor Niko Kovac, and their results began to dramatically improve. 

The German giants have already scooped UEFA Super Cup and DFL-Supercup victories in the early weeks of the new season, meaning they hold five significant trophies. 

Lewandowski, who fended off competition from fellow nominees Manuel Neuer and Kevin De Bruyne, said of his award: "I have to say it's an amazing feeling. 

"If you work so hard and you get this trophy it's something special."

The 32-year-old Poland international added: "I have to say thank you to my team-mates, my coaches and all the staff because they work very hard to prepare me, and also to my family because they support me a lot and that, for me, is very important. 

"When I was young, I always dreamed of playing in the big stadiums, at the big clubs in the world, and now I'm on this stage I have to say the dream has come true. I'm very proud, I'm very grateful and I'm very happy." 

The individual accolades are a welcome complement to the team successes, and they are flooding in at Bayern. 

Lewandowski won Germany's Footballer of the Year award in August after his remarkable campaign, with Flick named as the top coach in the country. 

Now they have fresh recognition from European football's governing body, the organisers of the Champions League, and it was a Bayern love-in at the UEFA ceremony. 

Neuer received the Goalkeeper of the Year trophy, the versatile Joshua Kimmich picked up the Defender of the Year honour and Lewandowski went home with the Striker of the Year prize alongside his main award. 

It was not quite a clean sweep by the Bavarians, however, with Manchester City's De Bruyne taking the Midfielder of the Year accolade. 

In the awards recognising achievement in the women's game, Lyon's Champions League-winning coach Jean-Luc Vasseur and former Wolfsburg forward Pernille Harder, who recently joined Chelsea, claimed the top honours. 

Manchester United's problems in the transfer window have reportedly continued as they target Federico Chiesa and Alex Telles.

The Premier League giants have had a tough window so far, with only Donny van de Beek arriving from Ajax.

That is their only inclusion despite links to the likes of Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho and Telles, and their progress is still seemingly slow ahead of the window closing on Monday.

 

TOP STORY – MAN UTD'S CHIESA BID REJECTED, SNUBBED OVER TELLES

Manchester United had a loan enquiry for Fiorentina attacker Chiesa turned down, according to The Telegraph.

As they struggle to land a deal for Sancho, United have been linked with Chiesa and Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele.

Chiesa, a 22-year-old Italy international, has made a fine start to this season, scoring once and providing an assist in two Serie A games.

United seemed closer to bringing in Telles, but O Jogo reports Porto did not even respond to their first bid for the left-back – believed to be around £11.8million (€13m) – as the Portuguese giants see it as unrealistic.

 

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- After Luis Suarez's arrival at Atletico Madrid, Diego Costa is linked with a move away. AS reports Paris Saint-Germain are considering a move for the forward, and it adds Atletico could look to replace him with free agent Edinson Cavani.

- Manchester City's transfer business in this window could be done. The Sun reports any plans for the Premier League side to bring in a left-back – either Bayern Munich's David Alaba or Ajax's Nicolas Tagliafico – are reliant on a late bid being received for Oleksandr Zinchenko.

- Are Bayern Munich looking for a back-up for star Robert Lewandowski? Sport Bild reports the Bundesliga champions want to sign Hoffenheim forward Andrej Kramaric. The Croatia international scored twice against Bayern in the Bundesliga on Saturday and is up to seven goals in three games in 2020-21.

- Tottenham are reportedly looking at Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius. Football.London says Spurs are hoping to loan the striker with an option to buy for £36.3m (€40m). Carlos Vinicius scored 24 goals in 47 games in all competitions last season.

- Staying at Spurs and Sky Sports reports Celtic have made an approach for Tottenham left-back Ryan Sessegnon. However, it says finances are problematic, while multiple Premier League clubs are also keeping an eye on Sessegnon.

- Andreas Pereira is set to leave Manchester United. Fabrizio Romano reports a deal between United and Lazio has been signed for a loan with option to buy for €27m (£24.5m).

Oleksandr Zinchenko is out for "two or three weeks" with an injury, according to Manchester City head coach Pep Guardiola, who may now be forced into bringing in additional cover at left-back.

Utility player Zinchenko, who has yet to play a single minute for City in 2020-21, provided cover at left-back last season while Benjamin Mendy battled with injuries.

Mendy is fit again and featured in City's 3-0 EFL Cup victory over Burnley on Wednesday, but Guardiola confirmed after the game that Zinchenko has suffered a set-back in his recovery from a muscle injury.

"Yesterday, or two days ago, he was injured again," Guardiola told reporters.

"He was recovered, but he got injured again and is out for two or three weeks."

Guardiola also paid tribute to Nicolas Otamendi after the Argentine defender joined Benfica, with Ruben Dias coming the other way.

Otamendi made 210 appearances during his five-year spell at City, scoring 11 goals and lifting the Premier League trophy twice.

After arriving at City in the Manuel Pellegrini era, Otamendi went on to thrive under Guardiola, who picked out the 2017-18 season as the 32-year-old's best.

"Well, he was part of our incredible success and consistency is for Nico," Guardiola told reporters.

"He is an incredibly nice guy and especially the season we won the Premier League with 100 points, he was the key player for us.

"In the back four he was incredible. We thought we needed a young squad. He was more than 30.

"I wish him and his family all the best. My absolute gratitude for how he helped me from day one and his desire to improve. He will always be part of my best memories here in Manchester."

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