Real extend perfect start with Madrid derby win

A clinical Real Madrid extended their perfect start to the La Liga season when they beat city rivals Atletico 2-1 at the Metropolitano on Sunday.

Despite being second best for large periods of the first half, Carlo Ancelotti’s side were ruthless in front of goal as strikes from Rodrygo and Federico Valverde put them in a commanding position.

Mario Hermoso pulled a goal back for the hosts late on but they were unable to find an equaliser, with the defender sent off in injury time.

Mario Hermoso scored the reply for Atletico Madrid
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Mario Hermoso pulled one back for Atletico…

Referee Munuera Montero, left, talk to players during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid
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…before being sent off late on

Diego Simeone’s side started brightly and went close through defender Felipe and Yannick Carrasco but found themselves behind when Rodrygo emphatically finished the visitors’ first attempt on target on 18 minutes.

They doubled their lead with their next effort on goal when Valverde fired in from close range after Vinicius’s shot had rebounded off the post.

Atletico set up a grandstand finish through substitute Hermoso’s header seven minutes from time, before being sent off for a second bookable offence in injury time and Real held on to take the points.

Victory means Real return to the top of the LaLiga table on 18 points from six games, two ahead of Barcelona in second. Atleti are seventh, eight points behind their neighbours.

Juventus, Inter beaten | Mourinho sent off in Roma defeat

Monza's Christian Gytkjaer celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the Serie A soccer match between Monza and Juventus
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Christian Gytkjaer celebrates after scoring Monza’s winner against Juventus

Monza earned a surprising but deserved 1-0 home win over Juventus – their first Serie A victory of the season – as the visitors struggled after being reduced to 10 men.

Angel Di Maria’s return from injury was cut short after being sent off five minutes before the break after placing his elbow in Armando Izzo’s chest.

Juventus had half-chances in the first half but newly-promoted Monza smelled blood in the second half and pressured the opposition defence to make mistakes, while Massimiliano Allegri’s side tried to look for possibilities of a counter-attack.

Substitute Christian Gytkjaer became the hero when he slid in the winner from Patrick Ciurria’s cross in the 74th minute.

Roma coach Jose Mourinho will miss the match against his former club Inter after being sent off in a 1-0 defeat to Atalanta.

Mourinho was shown a red card in the 57th minute after going onto the field to remonstrate with referee Daniele Chiffi, who had awarded a free-kick to Atalanta rather than what Mourinho thought should have been a penalty for his side.

Mourinho became even more infuriated and had to be held back by a member of his staff.

Teenage defender Giorgio Scalvini scored the only goal of the match at the Stadio Olimpico, firing into the bottom right corner in the 35th minute.

Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho argues with the referee after received a red card during a Serie A soccer match between Roma and Atalanta
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Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho argues with the referee and was sent off in their defeat to Atalanta

Udinese continued their strong start to the season as they recorded their fifth straight win, beating Inter Milan 3-1.

Nicolo Barella curled in a fantastic free-kick in the fifth minute to get Inter off to the perfect start but Udinese leveled when Roberto Pereyra’s free-kick went in off Milan Skriniar.

Udinese hit the post before Jaka Bijol headed in a corner with three minutes remaining and Tolgay Arslan made sure of the points in stoppage time with a diving header.

A brilliant header by Napoli striker Giovanni Simeone helped his side to seal a 2-1 win at AC Milan and return to the top of the Serie A table.

Simeone headed home in the 78th minute almost from the edge of the six-yard box following a superb Mario Rui cross.

Winger Matteo Politano had scored a penalty in the 55th minute following a foul by Sergino Dest on Khvicha Kvaratskhelia.

Olivier Giroud fired in an equaliser in the 69th minute from Theo Hernandez’s cross.

Messi on target as PSG edge Lyon

Paris Saint-Germain opened a two-point lead at the top of Ligue 1 after Lionel Messi’s early goal earned the French champions a 1-0 win at Lyon.

Messi scored his fourth league goal of the season in the fifth minute to put Christophe Galtier’s side on 22 points from eight games.

Lyon, who have now lost their last three matches, are sixth on 13 points.

Union Berlin return to top of Bundesliga

Jordan Pefok and Sheraldo Becker scored again on Sunday to fire Union Berlin back to the top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg.

Becker set up Pefok to open the scoring in the 55th minute, then the Suriname forward raced clear to seal the win later on, giving Union a two-point lead over Borussia Dortmund after seven games.

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CL round-up: Lewandowski frustrated on return to Bayern

Goals from Lucas Hernandez and Leroy Sane helped Bayern Munich secure a 2-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League to ruin Robert Lewandowski’s return to his old side.

Lewandowski departed the Bundesliga champions this summer and endured a difficult night back at Allianz Arena after failing to make the most of several chances in the Group C clash.

Barcelona's Robert Lewandowski sits on the pitch
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Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski sits on the pitch

Following a goalless first half, Julian Nagelsmann’s men turned it on early in the second period with Hernandez heading home Joshua Kimmich’s corner before fine play by Jamal Musiala set up Sane to fire home in the 54th minute to keep Bayern at the summit after two matches.

Sane in fine fettle

Bayern Munich’s Leroy Sane has been directly involved in nine goals (five goals, four assists) in his six Champions League home games since the start of last season, only Robert Lewandowski has more goal involvements at home in this time (15).

Edin Dzeko inspired Inter Milan to a 2-0 victory at Viktoria Plzen earlier in the day in the group.

With Romelu Lukaku still sidelined with a thigh issue, Dzeko stepped up for the Serie A side with a fine curled opener after 20 minutes and assisted Denzel Dumfries to wrap up the points in the 70th minute.

Bottom-of-the-table Plzen had already been reduced to 10 men by this point after Pavel Bucha received his marching orders on the hour mark.

Joel Matip was the unlikely hero to get Liverpool‘s European campaign back on track as his 89th-minute header secured a laboured 2-1 win over Ajax in Group A.

Liverpool's Joel Matip heads home the winner against Ajax
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Liverpool’s Joel Matip heads home the winner against Ajax

After Jurgen Klopp declared their 4-1 loss in Napoli a “horror show”, a response was required at Anfield and Mohamed Salah’s opener helped settle any tension but the Dutch outfit equalised before half-time.

Mohammed Kudus smashed home in fine fashion and it was Ajax who looked the more likely to grab a second only for Matip to head home a late corner to give Liverpool a vital three points.

In Group D, Tottenham conceded two goals in injury time to slip to a 2-0 defeat at Sporting Lisbon.

Harry Kane shows his frustration during the 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon
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Harry Kane shows his frustration during the 2-0 loss to Sporting Lisbon

Spurs were contemplating an evening of frustration as it looked like they would be held to a 0-0 draw in Portugal before things went very wrong in the final minutes.

Paulinho nodded home from a corner and then with virtually the last kick, Arthur Gomes sauntered into the box to put Sporting top of the group with two wins as Tottenham academy product Marcus Edwards impressed against his old club.

Frankfurt joined Spurs on three points after they claimed a 1-0 win in Marseille.

Jesper Lindstrom provided the breakthrough two minutes before the break and despite Matteo Guendouzi and Cengiz Under being introduced, the hosts suffered a second straight defeat in the competition.

Frankfurt's Jesper Lindstrom (center) celebrates after his deciding goal next to Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez
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Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom (center) celebrates after his deciding goal next to Marseille goalkeeper Pau Lopez

Atletico Madrid were on the receiving end of a late show at Bayer Leverkusen in Group B.

The La Liga side had struck twice in stoppage time to beat Porto last week but saw Robert Andrich and Moussa Diaby net in the final six minutes of the encounter in Germany to secure a 2-0 win.

Club Brugge are top of the group after a stunning 4-0 victory away to Porto. Ferran Jutgla put the visitors in front with quarter of an hour played and Kamal Sowah, Andreas Skov Olsen and Antonio Nusa were on target in the second half to earn the Belgians an excellent win.

Napoli‘s game at Rangers was postponed until Wednesday because of limited police resources in Scotland following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Europe: Stuttgart claim late draw at Bayern | Neymar on target in PSG win

Bayern Munich conceded a stoppage-time equaliser through VfB Stuttgart striker Serhou Guirassy’s from the penalty spot for a 2-2 on Saturday, the champions’ third consecutive Bundesliga draw.

It started well for Bayern, who face Barcelona in the Champions League group stage next week, with forward Mathys Tel scoring their opener in the 36th minute.

France youth international Tel, who at the age of 17 years and 136 days, became the youngest player to start a league game for Bayern, had already scored in the German Cup first round.

He made sure of his first league goal by drilling in a low drive from a Alphonso Davies cutback.

Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann rotated heavily from the side’s 2-0 midweek Champions League win at Inter, and his team dropped their pace in the second half, giving Stuttgart more room to push forward.

They were rewarded when Chris Fuehrich netted the equaliser form close range in the 57th but three minutes later Bayern were back in front with another teenager.

Jamal Musiala, the 19-year-old former youngest league scorer for Bayern, shook off his marker with a quick change of direction and floated a superb ball into the back of the net.

The visitors’ biggest chance to level came in the 74th when Guirassy’s shot from 18 metres bounced off the crossbar with keeper Manuel Neuer beaten.

But they earned a stoppage time penalty following a foul by Matthijs de Ligt on Guirassy.

The Guinea international kept his composure to beat Neuer and earn a point for the visitors. Bayern go top of the table on goal difference with 12 points, ahead of the weekend’s other fixtures.

Leipzig's Willi Orban scores against Dortmund
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RB Leipzig’s Willi Orban scores against Dortmund

Elsewhere, RB Leipzig stunned Borussia Dortmund 3-0 on Saturday with goals from Willi Orban, Dominik Szoboszlai and Amadou Haidara for a morale-boosting victory and a winning debut for new coach Marco Rose.

Rose replaced Domenico Tedesco earlier this week after a bad start to the league season and a 4-1 loss at home to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League this week.

The hosts, who travel to Real Madrid in the Champions League next week, did not have to wait long for a goal with Orban’s header off the corner in the sixth minute.

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Highlights of the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund

Leipzig should have scored again through Timo Werner and Szoboszlai before the Hungarian made amends, drilling in their second goal with a 25-metre missile into the top corner on the stroke of half-time.

There was far too little from the visitors with Dortmund, who face Manchester City in the Champions League next week, not managing a single shot on target for the entire game.

Instead it was Leipzig who scored again through Amadou Haidara in the 84th after some more sloppy defending from Dortmund.

Neymar strikes again as PSG go top with win over Brest

Neymar scores his side's first goal against Brest
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Neymar scores PSG’s first goal against Brest

Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar scored his eighth Ligue 1 goal of the season as the champions beat Brest 1-0 at Parc des Princes on Saturday to extend their unbeaten start and reclaim top spot in the standings.

The result, secured after Gianluigi Donnarumma saved a late Islam Slimani penalty, means Christophe Galtier’s side have 19 points from seven games, two more than second-placed RC Lens who led the table after a 1-0 win over Troyes on Friday.

Olympique de Marseille can go level on points with PSG if they beat visitors Lille later on Saturday.

Brest came into the contest having conceded a club record 16 goals in their first six games and were carved open in the 30th minute despite a bright start as Neymar fired in from a tight angle after being played through by Lionel Messi.

The visitors were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men minutes earlier as Christophe Herelle was shown a red card for scything down Neymar but a review prompted the referee to reverse his decision as the PSG forward was offside before the tackle.

PSG turned the screw on their opponents and both Messi and Kylian Mbappe squandered clear-cut chances either side of half-time before 17th-placed Brest were awarded a spot kick. But Slimani’s tame 70th-minute effort was kept out by Donnarumma.

The Italian goalkeeper was then called into action again and kept his team ahead with a diving save after the ball appeared to be going in at the near post off Slimani’s shoulder following a whipped cross from the left.

Barcelona hit top spot after second half rout

Four second-half goals steered Barcelona to a routine 4-0 victory at Cadiz as they moved top of La Liga.

Frenkie de Jong and Robert Lewandowski put the Catalans in front before a lengthy pause due to an illness in the crowd saw the players go off the field before returning to play out the final 10 minutes.

Lewandowski teed up Ansu Fati for the third in the 86th before Ousmane Dembele rounded off the scoring in stoppage time.

Barca have 13 points from five games, one ahead of second-placed Real Madrid who host Mallorca on Sunday.

Head coach Xavi Hernandez named a much-changed side from Barca’s 5-1 midweek Champions League triumph over Viktoria Plzen and, one Raphina shot that hit the post aside, they rarely troubled the hosts in a dull first period.

“It’s a good win at a difficult place to come. It keeps us up there at the top of the league,” he said.

“Whoever plays, there’s no drop off, we’re in a good place and I’m happy with the result. The main thing was getting the first goal. We were patient but we just lacked that final ball, but in general I’m happy with what I saw.

“We’re going to be making changes in the side throughout the season as we need to control minutes, there’ll be suspensions and injuries too.”

Brozovic grabs late goal to secure win over Torino

Marcelo Brozovic, far right, scored the only goal
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Marcelo Brozovic, far right, scored the only goal

A late goal from Marcelo Brozovic gave Inter Milan a 1-0 win at home to Torino in Serie A on Saturday but they also had to thank goalkeeper Samir Handanovic who made several fine saves.

Croatian midfielder Brozovic managed to steer the ball past Torino keeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic from inside the area in the 89th minute after a through ball from Nicolo Barella.

Inter are now in third place with 12 points from six games, two points behind leaders Napoli who beat Spezia 1-0 on Friday.

Inter were without the services of injured forward Romelu Lukaku and struggled to score against a solid Torino defence.

The game was even in the first 20 minutes with Torino creating several chances while Inter were trying to gain momentum for counter-attacks.

Nikola Vlasic almost put Torino ahead in the 20th but his shot was saved by Handanovic.

Torino started the second half aggressively with several chances against a passive Inter defence. Handanovic came to the rescue several times with superb saves.

Milan Skriniar could have put Inter in front with a header in the 75th, but Milinkovic-Savic managed to keep it out.

Elsewhere, a late Giacomo Raspadori strike was enough to secure a 1-0 home win for Napoli over Spezia.

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CL round-up: Lewandowski hat-trick in Barca rout

Robert Lewandowski scored a hat-trick as Barcelona opened their Champions League campaign with a comfortable 5-1 win over Viktoria Plzen at the Nou Camp.

Franck Kessie headed the La Liga side in front after 13 minutes, before Plzen thought they had been awarded a penalty for a foul by Andreas Christensen on winger John Mosquera but the decision was overturned following a VAR review.

Lewandowski slotted in a second on 34 minutes, his sixth Barcelona goal since a summer move from Bayern Munich.

Jan Sykora had the travelling Czech support celebrating when he headed past Marc-Andre ter Stegen, with VAR ruling the goal onside.

Lewandowski, though, further extended Barca’s lead when he nodded in a cross from Ousmane Dembele during first-half stoppage time.

The Poland striker completed his treble in the 67th minute when he fired home a volley from the edge of the Plzen penalty area, taking his personal tally to 89 Champions League goals, with substitute Ferran Torres adding a fifth.

In the other Group C game, Bayern Munich won 2-0 at Inter Milan with an early strike from Leroy Sane and a second-half own goal from defender Danilo D’Ambrosio.

Leroy Sane had a hand in both goals as Bayern Munich began their campaign with a win
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Leroy Sane had a hand in both goals as Bayern Munich began their campaign with a win

Napoli laid down a marker in Group A with an impressive 4-1 home win over Liverpool.

Rangers‘ first game back in the Champions League group stage after a 12-year absence ended with a 4-0 defeat at Ajax – where the Scottish side were 3-0 down inside 33 minutes.

Tottenham opened their Group D campaign with a 2-0 home win over Marseille, who played most of the second half with 10 men.

Sporting Lisbon won 3-0 at Eintracht Frankfurt with second-half goals from Marcus Edwards, Trincao and Nuno Santos.

Marcus Edwards celebrated his first Champions League start with a goal as Sporting Lisbon thrashed Frankfurt
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Marcus Edwards celebrated his first Champions League start with a goal as Sporting Lisbon thrashed Frankfurt

In Group B, there was late drama at the Wanda Metropolitano as Antoine Griezmann came off the bench to score deep into stoppage time as Atletico Madrid beat Porto 2-1.

There was a lengthy delay during the second half as Porto midfielder Otavio was carried off on a stretcher after a collision.

Porto were then reduced to 10 men with nine minutes left after forward Mehdi Taremi collected a second yellow card.

Atletico thought they had won it when Mario Hermoso’s shot was deflected in at the start of some 11 minutes of added time, only for Mateus Uribe to equalise from the penalty spot following a handball.

There was, though, late drama as Griezmann – again brought off the bench just after the hour amid reports the club did not want to trigger a clause to buy him on a permanent basis from Barca – nodded in from a corner to spark wild celebrations from the home support.

Club Brugge beat Bayer Leverkusen 1-0 at the Jan Breydel Stadium with a goal from defender Abakar Sylla late in the first half after keeper Lukas Hradecky fell with the ball over the line from a corner.

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Euro round-up: Raphinha scores as Barca beat Sevilla | Milan win derby

Raphinha scored his first Barcelona goal as the Catalans beat fellow LaLiga hotshots Sevilla 3-0 to move within two points of the top of the table.

The former Leeds winger opened the scoring for Barcelona in the first half and Robert Lewandowski doubled the advantage before the break, with that goal being the Polish striker’s fifth goal in four league games for his new club.

Barcelona put the result beyond any reasonable doubt five minutes after half-time with former Manchester City defender Eric Garcia making sure Xavi’s side continued their unbeaten start to the campaign with three wins and a draw in four matches.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid preserved their perfect start to the LaLiga season as they beat Betis 2-1 thanks to a second-half winner from Rodrygo at the Bernabeu on Saturday, keeping the defending Spanish and European champions at the top of the table.

Real struck first when David Alaba passed to Vinicius Jr with a magnificent long ball in the ninth minute, and the Brazilian raced forward and lobbed the ball over Betis ‘keeper Rui Silvas’ head.

Betis responded eight minutes later when Real Madrid academy alumni Sergio Canales smashed an equaliser in between Thibaut Courtois legs.

Real Madrid's Rodrygo celebrates as his side beat Real Betis
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Real Madrid’s Rodrygo celebrates as his side beat Real Betis

Carlo Ancelotti’s team fought back with a vengeance but missed several opportunities until they finally managed to break the deadlock in the 65th minute, when Rodrygo thumped home a close-range finish from a Federico Valverde cross. Real Madrid now top the table on 12 points, the only team to win all of their first four games.

Giroud and Leao help Milan win the derby

Two goals by AC Milan forward Rafael Leao helped the defending champions fight back from a goal down and earn a 3-2 win over local rivals Inter on Saturday in their fifth Serie A match of the season.

Inter midfielder Marcelo Brozovic scored his first Serie A goal of the season in the 21st minute after an assist by forward Joaquin Correa.

Milan, however, levelled seven minutes later through forward Leao, who slotted home past Inter ‘keeper Samir Handanovic after collecting a pass from Sandro Tonali.

Milan forward Olivier Giroud completed the comeback in the 54th minute with a weak but effective strike as it caught Handanovic unprepared, while Leao scored his second soon after by firing home in the 60th minute to extend the lead.

AC Milan's Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby
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AC Milan’s Olivier Giroud celebrates after scoring against Inter in the derby

Inter did not go down without a fight and scored just seven minutes later through forward Edin Dzeko, whose strike bounced off the post and slipped in.

Milan top the table on 11 points after five games and travel to Sampdoria next Saturday while Inter, fifth with nine points, host Torino on the same day.

Bayern draw to surrender top spot

German champions Bayern Munich stumbled to their second 1-1 draw in a row on Saturday, coming away from Union Berlin with only the one point and dropping off the top of the Bundesliga table.

The Bavarians, who also drew 1-1 against Borussia Moenchengladbach last week and travel to Inter for their Champions League group opener next week, are third on 11 points, as many as Union.

The hosts, enjoying their best-ever Bundesliga start and looking for their first win over Bayern, were never intimidated by the champions and went in front through the league’s leading scorer Sheraldo Becker with a perfect volley at the far post. Their lead was short-lived, however, with Joshua Kimmich thundering a low drive into the far corner three minutes later.

Bayern Munich were held to a draw by Union Berlin
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Bayern Munich were held to a draw by Union Berlin

Bayern came agonisingly close to a second goal in the 37th minute when Jamal Musiala weaved his way into the box and flicked a sensational ball to send Leroy Sane through, only for his shot to be blocked by ‘keeper Riis Ronnow.

Union’s solid back line, the second best in the league behind Bayern, hardly missed a beat and held firm in the second half as the visitors looked for ways past it.

Union’s Ronnow ensured that with a sensational save of his own, tipping a looping Sadio Mane header over the bar in stoppage time to protect their point.

Mbappe scores twice as PSG down Nantes

Kylian Mbappe scored either side of half-time as PSG beat 10-man Nantes 3-0 to remain top of Ligue 1.

The France forward put the visiting champions in front midway through the first half, just six minutes before the home side saw former Manchester United full-back Fabio sent off for a dangerous challenge on Vitinha.

Mbappe doubled the lead nine minutes after half-time and Nuno Mendes added gloss on the scoreline. PSG are joint-top with Marseille but have a better goal difference.

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Aubameyang joins Chelsea | Alonso contract terminated ahead of Barca move

Chelsea have signed former Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Barcelona, with Marcos Alonso set to go the other way after his Blues contract was terminated.

Chelsea are understood to be paying in the region of £10m plus Alonso for the former Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang flew to the UK on Thursday afternoon for his medical and to finalise the deal, which was completed after the 11pm deadline after Chelsea filed the deal sheet to allow more time.

Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in an attack on his home over the weekend. The Gabon forward, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks, can resume non-contact training next week.

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been spotted in London ahead of a deadline day move from Barcelona to Chelsea.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. Although Thomas Tuchel had been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he was keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

While Barcelona are yet to formally announce Alonso’s arrival, he has left Chelsea by mutual consent, allowing more time for a deal to be completed. He won six trophies in his six years with the club, including the Premier League and Champions League.

Aubameyang’s signing means Chelsea have spent a huge £278.4m in the summer transfer window, including the arrivals of Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly. It is the most any club has spent in a single transfer window.

Chelsea also finalised a loan deal for Juventus midfielder Denis Zakaria on Deadline Day, but a £43m offer for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez failed to materialise into a completed deal.

Carra: I’m delighted Auba is back

Sky Sports’ Jamie Carragher:

“He’s a quality player, there is no doubt about that. I think it’s a good signing. People may question Arsenal’s role in this and the fact they let him go for free, and now Chelsea are paying money for him eight months later.

“I think it’s a good signing for Thomas Tuchel and Chelsea, and also the right decision from Mikel Arteta – look at where Arsenal are right now.

“We know Aubameyang brings goals and quality but, at times, there are maybe situations and misdemeanours off the pitch or within the dressing room and Arteta couldn’t stand for that.

“But Tuchel knows him well from their time at Borussia Dortmund and, as a neutral, I’m delighted he’s back in the Premier League because he’s a brilliant player.”

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“Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players,” Tuchel told journalists last month, effectively validating reports Chelsea were eying a move for his former striker.

While the Gabon international created headlines for the right and wrong reasons during his time at Arsenal, Aubameyang simply produced goals at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel – with 56 Bundesliga goals in 63 appearances across two campaigns.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

That partnership ended when Dortmund sacked Tuchel at the end of the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the winter window of 2018 for a then-club-record £60m – hitting the ground running with 10 league goals in just 12 starts.

However, his goal ratio dipped incrementally over four campaigns and culminated with him being stripped as club captain for disciplinary reasons before leaving the club by mutual consent six weeks later and joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

In true Jekyll and Hyde form, the flamboyant striker once again burst from the blocks in La Liga, averaging nearly one goal per game last term – helping the club climb from fifth in the league to finish runners-up behind rivals Real Madrid.

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However, Barca have been busy in the transfer market this summer amid an ongoing controversy surrounding their rush to raise capital and register incomings, which include former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona opened the door for Aubameynang to leave the club after only seven months at the Nou Camp – making around £10.3m and acquiring Alonso in the process – and Aubameyang’s old mentor has come calling. But why?

Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players

Thomas Tuchel

The 33-year-old would slot seamlessly into Tuchel’s plans, having worked together so fruitfully during the two-year period which ended five years ago.

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Additionally, Aubameyang has a track record of making instant impacts and would fill the No 9 void left by Romelu Lukaku, who failed to ignite upon his £97.5m return to the club last season and was loaned back to former club Inter Milan this term.

Chelsea have been struggling with an age-old issue during the German’s tenure – converting chances. Albeit only five games in, the Blues have the seventh-worst expected-goal differential in the division.

Indeed, midfielder Mason Mount tops the club’s chart for league goals during Tuchel’s reign, followed by the versatile Kai Havertz – who has recently adopted a false No 9 role – holding midfielder and penalty-taker Jorginho and bit-part winger Christian Pulisic.

As the graphics below reveal, Aubameyang also offers versatility and positional fluidity – having worked the left flank and central positions in equal measure during his time at the Emirates.

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On song, the striker is clinical and the goal map below highlights what he could offer Chelsea: goals, in and around central areas inside the box, and is likely to primarily take up a central position – allowing summer-signing Raheem Sterling to be deployed down his favoured wide channel.

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With the Blues sat 10th in the Premier League table after five games and only two wins under their belt, Tuchel will be hoping his former favourite can make another explosive impact.

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How much did clubs spend?

Chelsea led the way for total spent this summer on new signings with £278.4m – which surpassed the all-time record outlay in a summer window set by the Blues two years ago.

Manchester United moved up to runners-up on Deadline Day with a £227.4m outlay, ahead of West Ham (£179.2m), Tottenham (£172m) and Nottingham Forest (£157.3m).

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Manchester City topped the table for incoming cash from player sales with £178.8m recouped – considerably more than Brighton (£115.3m) and Leeds (£105m).

Leicester (£75.9m), Wolves (£60.2m) and Merseyside rivals Everton (£60m) and Liverpool (£56m) also notably replenished the club’s coffers, with Chelsea (£50m) and Aston Villa (£35m) close behind. Meanwhile, Bournemouth, Palace, Fulham, Newcastle, Forest and Southampton failed to claim any cash for disclosed fees.

Net spend

All that spending and selling equates to the final net spending table, which saw Chelsea (£228.4m) reign supreme – narrowly ahead of Erik ten Hag’s spending splurge to reinvent Manchester United (£202.4m) and struggling West Ham (£164.2m).

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Chelsea agree Aubameyang deal with Barca | Alonso heading to Nou Camp

Chelsea have agreed a deal with Barcelona to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Marcos Alonso going the other way.

Sky Sports News reported early on Deadline Day that Chelsea were closing in on an agreement with Barcelona for Aubameyang. Chelsea are understood to be paying in the region of £10m plus Alonso for the former Arsenal striker.

Aubameyang has been given permission to fly to the UK for his medical and to finalise the deal, with personal terms not expected to be a problem.

Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in an attack on his home over the weekend.

The Gabon forward, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks, can resume non-contact training next week.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He had three years left on his contract.

Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Tuchel has already spent £268m this summer on players, including Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

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“Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players,” Tuchel told journalists last month, effectively validating reports Chelsea were eying a move for his former striker.

While the Gabon international created headlines for the right and wrong reasons during his time at Arsenal, Aubameyang simply produced goals at Borussia Dortmund under Tuchel – with 56 Bundesliga goals in 63 appearances across two campaigns.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

That partnership ended when Dortmund sacked Tuchel at the end of the 2016/17 season and Aubameyang joined Arsenal in the winter window of 2018 for a then-club-record £60m – hitting the ground running with 10 league goals in just 12 starts.

However, his goal ratio dipped incrementally over four campaigns and culminated with him being stripped as club captain for disciplinary reasons before leaving the club by mutual consent six weeks later and joining Barcelona on a free transfer.

In true Jekyll and Hyde form, the flamboyant striker once again burst from the blocks in La Liga, averaging nearly one goal per game last term – helping the club climb from fifth in the league to finish runners-up behind rivals Real Madrid.

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However, Barca have been busy in the transfer market this summer amid an ongoing controversy surrounding their rush to raise capital and register incomings, which include former Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.

Barcelona opened the door for Aubameynang to leave the club after only seven months at the Nou Camp – making around £6.5m and acquiring Marcos Alonso in the process – and Aubameyang’s old mentor has come calling. But why?

Some players stay your players because you were very, very close – and Auba is one of those players

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The 33-year-old would slot seamlessly into Tuchel’s plans, having worked together so fruitfully during the two-year period which ended five years ago.

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Additionally, Aubameyang has a track record of making instant impacts and would fill the No 9 void left by Romelu Lukaku, who failed to ignite upon his £97.5m return to the club last season and was loaned back to former club Inter Milan this term.

Chelsea have been struggling with an age-old issue during the German’s tenure – converting chances. Albeit only five games in, the Blues have the seventh-worst expected-goal differential in the division.

Indeed, midfielder Mason Mount tops the club’s chart for league goals during Tuchel’s reign, followed by the versatile Kai Havertz – who has recently adopted a false No 9 role – holding midfielder and penalty-taker Jorginho and bit-part winger Christian Pulisic.

As the graphics below reveal, Aubameyang also offers versatility and positional fluidity – having worked the left flank and central positions in equal measure during his time at the Emirates.

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On song, the striker is clinical and the goal map below highlights what he could offer Chelsea: goals, in and around central areas inside the box, and is likely to primarily take up a central position – allowing summer-signing Raheem Sterling to be deployed down his favoured wide channel.

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With the Blues sat ninth in the Premier League table after five games and only two wins under their belt, Tuchel will be hoping his former favourite can make another explosive impact.

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Chelsea in advanced talks for Auba with Barca | Deal includes Alonso plus cash

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Barcelona over the signing of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The transfer under discussion would see Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso go to Barcelona in a player-plus-cash deal for Aubameyang.

No agreement has been reached yet, but all parties are positive, hopeful and willing of getting a deal done ahead of the transfer window closing at 11pm on Thursday.

Barcelona's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang
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Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

Aubameyang suffered a minor fracture of his jaw in the attack on his home over the weekend.

The Gabon forward, who is expected to be out of action for three weeks, can resume non-contact training next week.

Chelsea are aware and sympathetic of his situation and it is thought the injury will not impact a potential transfer as talks advance.

The club still want to sign a forward and midfielder before the transfer window closes.

Thomas Tuchel has already spent £268m this summer on players, including Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella, Raheem Sterling and Kalidou Koulibaly.

Edson Alvarez is the subject of a late bid by Chelsea
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Edson Alvarez is the subject of a late bid by Chelsea

Chelsea have made a late £43m bid for Ajax midfielder Edson Alvarez – but could face a tough task of signing him.

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Europe: Sanchez scores twice for Marseille, PSG held by Monaco

New-look Marseille’s bright Ligue 1 start continued as Alexis Sanchez’s double lifted them within goal difference of leaders PSG, who were held at Monaco.

Igor Tudor’s new-look Marseille are looking good with Sanchez helping his side to a 3-0 at south-coast rivals Nice.

Nice recruited strongly, bringing in established Premier League players like goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, midfielder Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe, but they are still seeking a win and sit 18th.

Marseille have made a strong start under Tudor, who is known as a disciplinarian and whose appointment was questioned by fans – especially when he left playmaker Dimitri Payet out of the first three games.

But a high-octane brand of pressing soccer is winning over fans, with 10 points from their first four games, and Sanchez already firing on all cylinders.

The Chile forward grabbed his first goal in the 10th minute and, after Nuno Tavares made it three goals in four games this season, the on-loan Arsenal full-back combined with Payet to help set up Sanchez’s second goal just before half-time.

Neymar won and scored a penalty as PSG rallied to draw 1-1 at home to Monaco.

After Kevin Volland had given the visitors an early opener in Paris, Neymar latched onto Lionel Messi’s pass down the left and cut inside central defender Guillermo Maripan, who appeared to catch him with an outstretched leg.

The referee waved away PSG’s penalty claims but then awarded a spot-kick following a video review.

Neymar used his usual staggered run-up to confuse goalkeeper Alexander Nubel before casually guiding the ball home. It was Neymar’s sixth goal in the league and eighth in five games overall.

La Liga: Lewandowski strikes twice as Barca hammer Valladolid

Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski on target again
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Barcelona thrashed Valladolid 4-0 with Robert Lewandowski on target again

Robert Lewandowski continues to make scoring look easy after joining Barcelona from Bayern Munich. He found the net twice to lead the Catalan club to a 4-0 rout of Valladolid in La Liga.

Real Madrid relied on Karim Benzema to maintain a perfect start with a third straight away victory. Benzema scored in the 88th minute and deep into stoppage time to give the defending champions a 3-1 win at Espanyol.

It was the third league goal for Benzema, while Lewandowski took his tally to four. The Poland striker had also scored a double in the 4-1 victory at Real Sociedad last weekend, and was twice denied by the woodwork at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

“He is extraordinary,” Barcelona coach Xavi Hernández said of Lewandowski. “He is a natural leader who has been helping us greatly.”

Pedri González and Sergi Roberto also scored for Barcelona, which had opened their campaign with a disappointing 0-0 draw against Rayo Vallecano at the Nou Camp.

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Chelsea in advanced talks for Aubameyang

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with all parties optimistic a deal can be struck.

One source has told Sky Sports News an agreement is close. The deal under discussion is thought to be worth between £15m and £25m.

Negotiations between Chelsea and Barcelona have been ongoing for the past few days and there is an agreement in place between Chelsea and Aubameyang.

Aubameyang moved to Barcelona on a free transfer from Arsenal in January. He has three years left on his contract.

Although Thomas Tuchel has been reluctant to talk about Aubameyang in public he is keen to work again with a player who scored 79 goals for him in two seasons at Borussia Dortmund.

Chelsea monitoring Leao contract talks with Milan

Chelsea have been encouraged towards a second set of discussions on a deal for AC Milan’s Rafael Leao.

Portugal forward Leao has numbered among the most highly regarded potential transfer targets all summer by the Blues’ new ownership set-up.

The 23-year-old has been deep in negotiations with Milan over a new long-term contract for some time now, and those advanced talks saw Chelsea’s interest cool earlier in the window.

But Chelsea chiefs are thought to have been urged to look into Leao’s status again, opening the door for what could now be a closer exploration of the chances of pulling off a deal.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund
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Aubameyang’s record under Thomas Tuchel at Dortmund

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