Lionel Messi, widely considered to be one of the best footballers in the world, will have to appear in the dock to stand trial for tax fraud after losing an appeal today. (The Times)
Real Madrid will move for Manchester United’s David de Gea within days and believe signing him is a foregone conclusion, despite being unwilling to meet the Old Trafford club’s request for Karim Benzema as part of the deal. (The Independent)
West Ham land Obiang and turn to Cabaye. PSG offer France international Cabaye to Hammers as £4.3m fellow midfielder Obiang signs four-year deal (The Telegraph)
Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is just one of the big names leaving their clubs as the Premier League announced their released list for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday. Diaby is joined by the likes of Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar, who is out of contract despite the club being keen to keep him, and Wes Brown at Sunderland. (Daily Mail)
ANDRE AYEW has revealed why he decided to join Swansea, despite receiving ‘a lot of offers’. (The Express)
There was no great buildup of suspense when Steve McClaren was finally confirmed as Newcastle United’s new head coach, although the club did manage an element of surprise by simultaneously appointing the former England manager to its board of directors. (The Guardian)
Brazil legend Zico has announced his intention to stand to be FIFA president. (The Mirror)
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