Ante Rebic has been left out of Eintracht Frankfurt's squad for Sunday's Bundesliga clash against Fortuna Dusseldorf amid rumours of a possible move to AC Milan or Inter Milan.

The Serie A rivals continue to be linked with Croatia international Rebic, who has featured in six of Frankfurt's previous nine matches this season although he was also left out for the defeat to RB Leipzig last week.

He started Thursday's Europa League play-off tie with Strasbourg and was sent off in the first half of the 3-0 second-leg win, which sealed his side's place in the group stage of the competition.

Rebic was once again omitted against Dusseldorf, though, and is reportedly closing in on a switch to Serie A, with Milan the rumoured frontrunners for his signature ahead of Monday's deadline.

Speaking three weeks ago, the German side's sporting director Bruno Hubner said he was "optimistic" about keeping Rebic.

Last season's Europa League semi-finalists Frankfurt have already lost two key forwards during the transfer window as Luka Jovic joined Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller moved to West Ham.

Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen start for Tottenham in Sunday's derby clash with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium.

Unai Emery is also fielding a bold line-up, with Nicolas Pepe in a front three alongside Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette for the Gunners for the first time.

Eriksen started the 2-2 draw at Manchester City but has otherwise been restricted to the role of substitute amid uncertainty over his future at Spurs.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino effectively set a deadline of Saturday for any prospective Eriksen move, with Real Madrid and Barcelona said to be interested.

Defender Vertonghen has also had his future called into question as he has yet to make an appearance for Spurs this season, but he joins Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez it what appears to be a back three.

Arsenal start with a fearsome attacking front line, while Lucas Torreira is recalled to the midfield after coming off the bench during the 3-1 defeat at Liverpool last week.

Monaco have signed striker Jean-Kevin Augustin on loan from RB Leizpig.

The former Paris Saint-Germain forward returns to Ligue 1 on a deal until the end of the season with the option of a permanent move.

"I'm very happy to sign for Monaco, in this ambitious project," he told the Monaco club website.

"After two seasons in the Bundesliga, I'm looking forward to a new start in my country, and in a championship I know well.

"It's a new challenge I'm keen to take up. I'm really keen to show what I can bring to the squad to help them achieve the club's goals."

Augustin moved to Leipzig from PSG in 2017 for a reported €13million and enjoyed a productive first season in Germany, scoring nine goals in 25 Bundesliga games.

However, he started just three times in the league last season and Timo Werner, Yussuf Poulsen and Ademola Lookman are now preferred options in attack for Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann.

Augustin is expected to replace Radamel Falcao at Monaco, the experienced Colombia international looking set to join Galatasaray before Monday's transfer deadline.

Steven Defour said he is "honoured" to have played for Burnley after leaving the Premier League club ahead of a return to Belgium for "family reasons".

Burnley granted Defour an exit from Turf Moor on Saturday after reaching a mutual agreement to terminate the remaining 10 months of the 31-year-old's contract.

Defour made 58 appearances for Burnley following his then-record arrival from Anderlecht in 2016, with injuries hampering the midfielder.

"I just want to say I'm honoured to have played for Burnley Football Club," said Defour via the club's website. "I want to thank the gaffer and his staff and the medical staff for taking care of me.

"I wish I could have shown more on the pitch, but unfortunately it wasn't meant to be. I wanted to show more, because the support was really fantastic.

"You don't really want it to end because you want to give something back for all the support I have been given. Unfortunately, things didn't work out the way I wanted them to.

"But I'm very honoured I've played for Burnley and that I've grown with this club and we made progress together.

"I hope they will remember me as a player when he was on the pitch, he gave his all and tried to give some joy to the fans.

"I enjoyed every second of playing for Burnley and I will always be a fan of Burnley Football Club."

 

Sporting CP head coach Marcel Keizer is hoping star captain Bruno Fernandes will remain with the club once the transfer window closes.

Fernandes has been linked with a move away throughout the window and the Portugal international revealed he agreed to join Tottenham only for Sporting to block the transfer.

The 24-year-old was also strongly linked to Manchester United, while he has since emerged as a reported target for Real Madrid prior to Monday's deadline.

Keizer was asked about Fernandes' future following Saturday's shock loss to Rio Ave and he told reporters: "We have to wait until Monday.

"Hopefully he will stay. Many things can happen. We are not in a position to be able to decide."

Fernandes – who netted 20 goals and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season – scored in the 3-2 defeat to Rio Ave in Lisbon.

Uruguay international and former Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates conceded three penalties and was sent off as Sporting crashed to their first league defeat of the campaign.

Filipe Augusto converted a sixth-minute penalty following Coates' foul before Sporting hit back through Fernandes and Luiz Phellype, who put the hosts ahead eight minutes into the second half.

However, Coates gave away two penalties during the final four minutes and was subsequently sent off for a second yellow card as Rio Ave emerged triumphant.

"I have no opinion, the referee decided and I can do nothing," Keizer said when asked about the three penalties. "I only have an opinion about my team. We didn't play enough. If we had had more ball after 2-1 it could have been different."

Radamel Falcao is set to join Galatasaray after the Turkish giants revealed talks are underway to sign the veteran striker from Monaco.

Falcao, who is yet to feature for Monaco this season due to an ankle injury, has been linked to Galatasaray throughout the transfer window.

The 33-year-old is now poised to swap Monaco for Istanbul after Galatasaray announced they have started negotiations over the transfer of the Colombian.

"Negotiations have started with the footballer and club AS Monaco on the transfer of Radamel Falcao to our club," Galatasaray's statement read on Saturday.

Falcao – contracted until 2020 – has called Monaco home since arriving from LaLiga outfit Atletico Madrid in 2013.

The Colombia international helped Monaco to Ligue 1 glory in 2016-17, while he has scored more than 80 goals across all competitions for the French club.

Falcao, who spent time away on loan at Manchester United and Chelsea in 2014-15 and 2015-16, scored 16 goals for Monaco last season.

Atletico Madrid head coach Diego Simeone refused to discuss rumours linking the club to former Inter captain Mauro Icardi.

Inter outcast Icardi has been linked with a move away from San Siro throughout the transfer window and Atletico have reportedly emerged as an option.

According to reports, Atletico are negotiating a deal to sign Argentina forward Icardi – who has been frozen out by Antonio Conte's Inter – on loan.

With the window set to close on Monday, Simeone was asked about his countryman but he told reporters: "I always say the same.

"I can't really speak about players that are not here. Obviously I only speak about players that we have."

On the transfer window, Simeone added: "We still waiting for it to close to know definitively and exactly what players will be with us until December, because in December there is new option.

"But it's clear, I don't want to keep repeating it would prefer it to be like it is in England where it's solved before we start LaLiga. So we can start with the whole squad we have for the season."

Simeone fronted the media on the eve of Atletico's clash with Eibar at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium on Sunday.

Atletico are set to be boosted by the return of star striker Diego Costa, who missed the team's opening two wins of the season due to injury.

"I have always declared the effect he has, Diego. I always said it and feel it," Simeone said.

"He is a very important player for the team and for this club. I hope that this season he shows this group just how competitive he is and how strong he is as a striker.

"He has had a great pre-season and tomorrow he will kick off his league and for sure he will start that with a lot of ambition."

An irritated Ernesto Valverde denied he is leaving Ivan Rakitic out of his Barcelona team due to uncertainty about the midfielder's future.

Rakitic was an unused substitute on Saturday as LaLiga champions Barca were held to a 2-2 draw away to Osasuna.

The Croatia international has only played 44 minutes this season, as a substitute in the 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao, amid persistent talk he has been offered to Paris Saint-Germain as part of a proposed deal to bring Neymar back to Camp Nou.

Barca head coach Valverde, though, insisted his team selections are purely tactical.

"What do you want me to say?" he told reporters when asked about Rakitic. "Last year he was playing and Nelson [Semedo] was on the bench. The other day he played well and we stuck with the same team, with Sergi Roberto in midfield. We have a lot to choose from.

"It's a great question, but it could be about anyone. The market does not influence my decisions at all. If I think he'll come in handy for a game, I'll play him. I choose depending on the game."

Barca went behind just seven minutes in thanks to Roberto Torres' strike, but 16-year-old Ansu Fati and Arthur put the visitors 2-1 up in the second half.

However, Torres' 81st-minute penalty following a Gerard Pique handball secured a draw for Osasuna at El Sadar to leave Barca with just four points from their first three games of the season, their lowest such return since 2008-09.

"We were not good in the first half but we were good in the second half, we had them pinned back," Valverde said.

"When we got in front, we had the chance to extend our lead, but there was an absurd moment, a penalty, and it's a shame because we had the game there to be won and we should have killed it off.

"It's about imposing ourselves on the opposition. The opponents always press us because it's one of the games of the year for them. You have to know how to control that."

Valverde was delighted with the impact of Fati, who became Barca's youngest LaLiga goalscorer when he buried a header from Carles Perez's cross just six minutes after his introduction.

"He's a forward who takes on the opposition, and he's a good finisher, as he showed with the goal," Valverde said. "We thought we lacked a spark when we brought him on.

"He's a young player, but there are a lot of good things about them: dribbling, confidence, forcing the opposition back. He came on when we were losing, at a tough ground, and he responded well."

Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko has rejoined Monaco on a season-long loan deal.

The 25-year-old returns to Ligue 1 just two years on from a reported £40million move from the Principality club.

Monaco have the option to sign Bakayoko on a permanent deal, with the prospective fee reportedly set at £38m (€42.5m).

"I am very happy to come back to AS Monaco, a club with which I keep fantastic memories," he told Monaco's website.

"Since 2017, I had the opportunity to have two very good experiences with Chelsea and [AC] Milan.

"I hope to be able to integrate as quickly as possible in this collective, in an environment that I already know, and especially with the desire to bring to the group what I know how to make a good season."

Vice president Oleg Petrov said: "We are delighted to welcome Tiemoue Bakayoko to AS Monaco.

"Tiemoue has demonstrated his quality at the highest level in France but also in England and Italy. He returns to a club and a championship that he knows well. His qualities and experience are additional assets for the team."

Bakayoko made 43 appearances in all competitions under Antonio Conte in 2017-18, including in the FA Cup final win over Manchester United.

However, he was considered expendable by Maurizio Sarri and spent last season on loan with Milan.

Head coach Frank Lampard said on Saturday that the France international was due to head out on a temporary deal "to try to bring himself back to where he wants to be".

Bakayoko played a key role in Monaco's hugely successful 2016-17 season, in which they won Ligue 1 and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

The club encouraged Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Mendy to follow suit and return to Stade Louis II by posting a cheeky tweet as they announced Bakayoko's arrival.

Monaco had earlier confirmed that Adama Traore has joined Metz on loan for the remainder of the season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reiterated Manchester United have no intention of selling Paul Pogba to Real Madrid in the closing stages of the transfer window.

Spanish giants Madrid have been strongly linked with Pogba in recent months and have until Monday to finalise their business.

Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out a move for the 26-year-old and, speaking at a news conference on Saturday, said "everything can happen" when asked about any late incoming activity at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Pogba played 90 minutes of Saturday's disappointing 1-1 draw with Southampton to continue his run of starting every game this season, however, and Solskjaer is certain he will remain a United player.

"Paul Pogba will be playing for us," Solskjaer told reporters when Zidane's comments were put to him.

The France international regularly gave the ball away and picked up an injury as United were held to a draw by 10-man Southampton, Daniel James' stunning first-half strike being cancelled out by Jannik Vestergaard just before the hour mark.

Asked about Pogba's underwhelming display, Solskjaer said: "I think we as a team after about half an hour started giving sloppy balls away and Paul was one of them. He wasn't any different to anyone else.

"We as a team didn't play well, but in the last 20 minutes or half an hour he did create loads for us going forward.

"Everyone expects everything from him every game, he has to defend, he has to attack, he has to win headers, he has to dribble past people, he has to make passes. That's just Paul and he'll thrive on that. And he got a bad knock on his ankle.

"He twisted it, I think, but he'll go away and hopefully it's not too bad and he can play for France because I know how much he loves his country and playing for them."

United head into the two-week international break without a win in three matches, having drawn with Wolves and Southampton either side of a home defeat to Crystal Palace.

Despite being a point worse off than at this stage last season when they finished sixth, Solskjaer is remaining optimistic.

"We have a clear plan and we believe in the players and believe in the way we do things," he said. "You can say it's long-term but we deserved to win the last three games as well.

"And the one thing you cannot control in football is results and outcomes. You can control the effort, attitude, what we're doing in training. We're on the right track, we're working and, as I said to the boys, we need to learn to win these games."

Inter head coach Antonio Conte claims speculation over Mauro Icardi’s future has "not been disruptive" to his squad and he does not expect any incomings or outgoings before Monday's transfer deadline.

Argentina striker Icardi has been linked with a move away from San Siro all through the window, with Napoli and Juventus reportedly leading the chase for the 26-year-old.

Inter bolstered their attacking options with the signing of Romelu Lukaku from Manchester United and a season-long loan deal for Red Devils playmaker Alexis Sanchez.

Lukaku took Icardi’s number nine shirt after arriving at Inter, with the latter switching to number seven.

Nerazzurri chief executive Giuseppe Marotta suggested the club were still hopeful of selling Icardi, who scored 11 goals from 29 Serie A appearances last term but managed impressive hauls of 29 and 24 in 2017-18 and 2016-17, respectively.

However, speaking in his news conference ahead of their trip to Cagliari, Conte indicated Icardi is unlikely to leave as he predicted a quiet end to the window.

"I think it's finished both inbound and outbound," Conte said. "If someone came out numerically we would be forced to do something inbound.

"There are two days to the end of the market but this is the situation."

Former Inter captain Icardi did not feature in the club's win against Lecce and will not be picked to play against Cagliari.

"For me, there continues to be no disruption," Conte added. "What has been done has been done correctly and we will continue to do so.

"We are focused on work and what is happening in the field.

"I understand that for others it is more important to continue to focus on other situations. But we must be focused on what happens in the field."

Bruno Fernandes has revealed he agreed to join Tottenham, only for Sporting CP to block the move.

The Portugal international has previously talked up a move to the Premier League and was also strongly linked with a switch to Manchester United.

He scored 20 goals and supplied 13 assists in the Primeira Liga last season and was ready to leave the Lisbon club ahead of the new season.

Sporting president Frederico Varandas warned in July it would cost more than €62million (£56m) to land Fernandes, however, and Tottenham were unable to conclude a deal.

"As you all know, Tottenham made a lot of proposals for me," he told GQ Portugal. "Everything was right with me.

"I never made any big demands, my manager always took care of the financial aspects. 

"It was and is my goal to play in England. Sporting knows everyone knows that and there were indications for things to be done.

"But Sporting understood that the value was not enough and I have to respect the decision."

Zinedine Zidane has hinted Real Madrid could still make some late additions, but has insisted he is happy with the squad he has at his disposal.

Madrid face Villarreal on Sunday, having won their opening LaLiga fixture before drawing at home to Real Valladolid last time out.

Los Blancos have brought in five players in this window, including Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic and highly rated full-back Ferland Mendy.

Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez have been heavily linked with moves away from Santiago Bernabeu throughout the window, though the duo - the latter of which is injured - appear set to stay in Madrid.

When asked if Madrid would be in the market for any last-minute transfer "bombs", Zidane hinted anything is possible, though the Frenchman has no concerns over the quality of his squad.

"Everything can happen, one bomb or two bombs. I don't know. We will see but the most important is tomorrow's game," Zidane told a news conference on Saturday.

"These are the players I have at my disposal and I am very proud to be working with these footballers. I think they are the best.

"When you start, you look at making a few changes, but as soon as the season started I was happy, but it is true that things could still change up until the deadline.

"There's nothing negative to say about my current squad, every single manager wants to be a manager of Real Madrid. I am happy."

One player who could be heading out of the door is Keylor Navas, with the goalkeeper reportedly on the verge of a move to Paris Saint-Germain, which may involve Alphonse Areola heading to Madrid in return.

But Zidane confirmed Navas would be part of the squad for Sunday, regardless of any potential transfer.

"Keylor is going to be with us [against Villarreal]. We will have to wait and see, up until September 2 anything is possible," Zidane said.

"But he will be with us for an important game. I just focus on that. Nothing else. It's possible for Keylor to leave, but the important thing is to have him tomorrow when he can help us win the game.

"What needs to happen will happen. We'll have to wait and see."

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has joined Turkish club Besiktas on a season-long loan deal.

The Egypt international has not played a competitive match for the Gunners this season and made just eight Premier League appearances in the previous campaign. 

Arsenal head coach Unai Emery strengthened his midfield options with the signing of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid in July, so has allowed Elneny to move to the Turkish Super Lig to get more game time.

Elneny was signed by former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger from Swiss side Basel in January 2016.

The 27-year-old signed a long-term contract with the Gunners in March 2018, with that deal reportedly running to 2022.

Christian Eriksen's Tottenham future will be settled one way or another on Saturday, according to manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The influential playmaker has been linked to LaLiga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid after saying in June he was open to a new challenge.

Eriksen, 27, has been at Spurs since 2013 and is out of contract at the end of this season, with the transfer deadline in Europe looming on Monday.

Pochettino insists the wheels must be in motion for any move by Saturday, with Spurs facing Arsenal in the North London Derby at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.

"The good thing is if nothing happens on Saturday," he told reporters. "Because Sunday's the game and it’s not going to happen on Monday – there'd be no real time to do something.

"On Saturday we are going to know if Christian is going to be with us or not."

Spurs have made an unconvincing start to the season, losing at home to Newcastle United last weekend on the back of a 2-2 draw at Manchester City and a come-from-behind win over newly promoted Aston Villa.

Eriksen's emergence from the bench prompted the turnaround in the Villa match, while the Denmark international has only started against City as speculation over his future continues to swirl.

"People will say: 'Why are you playing Christian?' The team-mates can say: 'Why are you playing Christian if the rumour is he’s going to leave? Gaffer, why am I not playing when Christian is looking to go away?'" Pochettino added.

"In this situation there are plenty of things that happen inside that I cannot translate to the media and our fans.

"The most important is to trust in our judgment. If people have the information to make this decision, it's us."

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