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José Mourinho has a point when he says Manchester United are not a big team | Football | The Guardian
The manager’s complaints over a lack of spending are amusing but there is no doubt Manchester City’s rise has made the job of bringing success back to Old Trafford more difficult.

Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football | Football | The Guardian
From Vinicius Júnior, who has already signed for Real Madrid, to ‘the Romanian Donnarumma’ the Guardian identifies 60 of the best players in the world born in 2000.

Liverpool agree world-record £75m fee with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk | Football | The Guardian
Liverpool are primed to complete the signing of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, after agreeing a fee of £75m for the Holland international.

Harry Kane: Real Madrid and Barcelona interest in Tottenham striker 'inevitable' - BBC Sport
Real Madrid and Barcelona will inevitably want Harry Kane but it does not mean he will leave Tottenham, says Alan Shearer. Interesting that he ignores the possibility of PSG.

PSG's Kylian Mbappe: Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo was childhood 'idol'
Kylian Mbappe has told Marca that Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo was his "idol" as a child but hopes PSG can win at the Bernabeu in February.

Joey Barton reveals desire to return to Marseille - Football365
Let's just say that the footballing world isn't breathlessly awaiting Joey Barton's return.