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This page will continue to update over time! This is the bulk of my best news-related articles, sorted by ascending order in a month-by-month format. Articles written pre-January 2017 have been archived and don’t feature in this list, thus avoiding clutter.

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2020:

JULY

Dortmund complete £23m signing of Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham

Leeds promoted to the Premier League, after Huddersfield Town stun West Brom

Klopp and Mourinho respond to City’s UCL verdict, Guardiola demands apology

Manchester City’s two-year UCL ban lifted by court of arbitration for sport

Achraf Hakimi secured, Inter now linked with move for free agent Malang Sarr

JUNE

Bayern Munich agree £54.8m deal to sign Manchester City’s Leroy Sane

Chelsea-bound Werner explains decision to join Frank Lampard’s Blues next month

Sergio Aguero undergoes successful knee surgery, no timescale for his return

Chelsea will activate Timo Werner’s £49m release clause, are close to signing him

MAY

Transfer-related pieces and other

Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio provides positive update on knee injury recovery

Chelsea’s experienced duo Willy Caballero, Olivier Giroud agree extensions

Ousmane Dembele’s doctor confirms winger to return in three months

Henry an admirer of Leicester’s James Maddison, who targets future trophies

Premier League clubs reach agreement on player contracts expiring on June 30

Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois provides training update as La Liga return nears

Report: McLaren’s Carlos Sainz expected to replace Vettel at Ferrari in 2021

Angela Merkel’s proposal confirms Bundesliga to return – May 16

Kevin de Bruyne admits two-year Euro ban may see him leave Manchester City

PSG eyeing Leicester’s Wilfried Ndidi, while Bakayoko and Partey also linked

Coronavirus-centric stories

Premier League to resume on June 17: Man City-Arsenal, Sheff Utd-Aston Villa

France boss Deschamps fears Europe’s top leagues prioritising money over safety

Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola urges fan caution, provides fitness update

Dyche and Klopp satisfied, while Pep’s City side begin group training tomorrow

Coronavirus: PL, EFL medical staff angry while Serie A return date delayed

PL clubs set to receive up to 1,600 COVID-19 tests as Project Restart intensifies

Premier League clubs told 2019-20 season must be decided on sporting merit

Report: EFL League One, League Two set to be ended next week

Burnley’s Ben Mee says players can deal with neutral venues and quarantine

Bundesliga resumption expected this month, despite announcing positive tests

Sergio Aguero reveals players are scared, despite proposed PL restart

APRIL

Transfer-related pieces and other

Ajax’s Andre Onana reveals time has come to ‘take a step’, amid reported interest

F1 increasingly confident of summer start in Austria for disrupted 2020 season

Still no inquiries for Timo Werner, RB Leipzig’s sporting director reveals

Mbappe worth €300m and was Real-bound in 2020 – Ferland Mendy’s agent

Dayot Upamecano urged to stay at Leipzig, by Germany legend Lothar Matthäus

Achraf Hakimi reveals he’ll decide future in June as speculation persists

Lautaro Martinez’s agent: Barca, Real, Chelsea & City have all called about him

AC Milan, Inter and Roma interested in Dortmund midfielder Mario Götze

High praise for Osimhen, while Gueye excited by possibility of Koulibaly to PSG

Coronavirus-centric stories

Ligue 1: PSG to be crowned champions, Marseille & Rennes in UCL, Lorient promoted

Growing number of Premier League players do not want to play during crisis

FIFA chief Michel D’Hooghe: Football should not resume until September, earliest

France prime minister Edouard Philippe confirms Ligue 1 season cannot resume

Premier League coronavirus update: Aston Villa, Chelsea and Norwich

DFL CEO: Bundesliga is ready to return as soon as May 9, if politicians allow it

Roma agree to forgo four months’ wages, other Serie A sides accept reductions

Brighton announce Amex Stadium to become drive-in testing centre

FURLOUGH: Tottenham reverse decision, before Bournemouth do the same

WAGE DEFERRALS: So’ton agree, Arsenal want guarantees

June’s F1 Canada Grand Prix postponed, planning to reschedule by October

Liverpool apologise to fans, reverse decision to furlough non-playing staff

McLaren boss Zak Brown warns F1 could lose four teams unless big changes are made

Wayne Rooney says it’s a disgrace to target players during coronavirus crisis

Liverpool place staff on furlough, after Henderson’s coronavirus fund revealed

Belgian Pro League proposes season to finish, Club Brugge crowned champions

MARCH

BVB refuse to lower Jadon Sancho asking price, as United contact winger’s agent

Olivier Giroud reveals January move to Inter was blocked by boss Lampard

Shopping for reinforcements: RB Leipzig interested in PSG’s Kouassi, Sarr at Nice

Juventus cut player wages, expect more NBA-style trades as result of COVID-19

2020 Tokyo Olympics suspended until summer of 2021

Coronavirus: Mikel Arteta fully recovered, confirms Arsenal club staff to remain at home

Coronavirus update: As far as sport is concerned, what’s on this weekend?

Premier League, EFL are both suspended until April 4th at the earliest

NBA suspends season indefinitely, after Jazz’ Rudy Gobert contracts COVID-19

Coronavirus intensifies across sport as events, matches cancelled or postponed

Dortmund close to €35m move for Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham

FEBRUARY

Arsenal to hold contract talks with teenage star Bukayo Saka, as interest increases

Karl Robinson on Dan Agyei, an angry second-half and Oxford’s spirited effort at Burton

Watkins, Mitrovic score 20th league goals in wins for Brentford and Fulham

NEW YEAR, NEW DECADE – JANUARY 2020:

Tottenham complete £27m move of PSV Eindhoven winger Steven Bergwijn

Barca defender Jean-Clair Todibo joins Schalke on loan with €25m future fee

Sergio Aguero breaks Henry and Shearer’s PL records as City thrash Aston Villa 6-1

Frank Lampard praises Tammy Abraham, clarifies Giroud’s future pre-Burnley

Arteta is honest as Nelson and Lacazette speak after Arsenal scrape past Leeds

Middlesbrough complete double loan swoop for City pair Roberts and Nmecha

DECEMBER 2019:

Mikel Arteta announced as new Arsenal manager

Liverpool confirm £7.25m signing of RB Salzburg winger Takumi Minamino

Barca and Liverpool target Amine Harit signs new Schalke deal until 2024

Ballon d’Or 2019: Lionel Messi pips Virgil van Dijk to win record sixth title

Reports: Kylian Mbappe stalls on PSG’s contract extension offer, as Real lurk

NOVEMBER

Tottenham sack Mauricio Pochettino, preparing Jose Mourinho as replacement

Thierry Henry named Montreal Impact head coach: A necessary means to progress

Gerry Taggart endorses Stoke-bound Michael O’Neill as speculation intensifies

Radwanska on Andreescu’s soaring ability and Serena’s recent Final struggles

Stoke sack Nathan Jones after dismal start to season

OCTOBER

Arsenal’s Granit Xhaka releases statement to fans after forgettable week

Tottenham resigned to Christian Eriksen departure with Real lurking

David de Gea fumes after Manchester United lose 1-0 at Newcastle

SEPTEMBER

Christian Pulisic reveals frustration at limited Chelsea minutes

Orlando Magic confirm 2017 no.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz ready for training camp

Paul Hart reveals Stoke eager for fortunes to change, ahead of Forest clash

Hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hoping 2019/20 is his breakout season

Laporte sidelined, Manchester City linked with Inter’s Milan Skriniar

Gareth Bale heads Wales winner, capping whirlwind week for club and country

Emre Can angry at UCL snub, while Juventus fail with late Zinchenko bid

Euro deadline day: PSG sign Keylor Navas and Mauro Icardi

AUGUST

Champions League group stage draw 19/20 revealed

Mbappe and Cavani injured, PSG interested in Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic

Free agent Frank Ribery joins Fiorentina on two-year deal

Chelsea to loan out Zappacosta, paving way for Reece James breakthrough

Mason Mount thrills on Stamford Bridge debut, Chelsea drop points again

Lyon complete £22.5m signing of Angers midfielder Jeff Reine-Adelaide

After Newcastle display, Reiss Nelson content biding time for more Arsenal minutes

Cesar Azpilicueta defends Lampard’s youthful selection after heavy United defeat

Victor Osimhen nets brace in Ligue 1 debut as Lille beat Nantes

Manchester City’s Leroy Sane sidelined for 6-7 months with torn ACL

Manchester United splash world-record £80m for Leicester defender Harry Maguire

Everton agree to £36m deal for Juventus wonderkid Moise Kean

Arsenal complete £72m club-record signing of Lille winger Nicolas Pepe

JULY

Bournemouth complete £15m signing of Huddersfield’s Philip Billing

Newcastle complete £40m deal for Hoffenheim’s Joelinton

Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu joins Leipzig on season-long loan deal

Lampard insists Hudson-Odoi will be key for Chelsea, amid Bayern reports

RB Leipzig agree £22.5m fee for Everton’s Ademola Lookman

Fulham midfield wonderkid Harvey Elliott set for Liverpool move

JUNE

Chelsea bypass transfer ban, complete £40m Mateo Kovacic signing

Tottenham close in on £11m move for Leeds winger Jack Clarke

Manchester United agree £50m deal with Palace for Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Chelsea transfer ban is good for me, Tammy Abraham insists

Reports: Atletico, Inter submit £80m bids for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe

Juve move a step forward from ‘inferior’ Chelsea, Maurizio Sarri reveals

EURO U21 Roundup: Day 1 complete, Poland and hosts Italy victorious

Liverpool close to extending Ox deal, not interested in Lille’s Nicolas Pepe

Chelsea’s Ola Aina completes £8.9m Torino move

Matuidi reveals Juventus happiness, contract talks set to open

MAY

Patrick Roberts pens new City deal, joins Norwich on loan

Charlton promoted to Championship with late 2-1 win over Sunderland

Jadon Sancho targeting Bundesliga glory with Dortmund next term

Ribery and Robben score in fitting finale, Bayern clinch Bundesliga on final day

Super agent Mino Raiola suspended for three months with worldwide effect

APRIL

Despite Crawford loss, Amir Khan defiantly refuses retirement rumours

Reports: Napoli’s Allan eyeing summer move with PSG circling

Moise Kean scores again, Stephy Mavididi makes Juventus debut in 2-1 loss

Harry Kane warns against excuses as Tottenham win at new stadium

MARCH

Everton lead European clubs interested in unsettled Chelsea talent Daishawn Redan

Bayern Munich set to sign Atletico Madrid’s Lucas Hernandez for record £68m

Callum Hudson-Odoi called up into England squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers

Reports: Zidane’s Real Madrid return sees them reignite Sadio Mane interest

FEBRUARY

Nick Pope’s Burnley future: What’s next?

Reports: West Ham plan move for Manchester United’s Antonio Valencia

Memphis Depay can be among world’s best, Rafael reveals

Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial sidelined for three weeks, Solskjaer confirms

English youth products overtaken Bundesliga and German talents, says Dortmund director Zorc

NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2019:

Borussia Dortmund express interest in Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha

Mario Balotelli seals loan move to Marseille until season’s end

Terence Crawford to face Amir Khan in world title fight, April 20

Reports: Bayern make £35m bid for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi

FA Cup 4th Round Draw: Arsenal vs Man Utd – the headline tie

Klopp praises Ki-Jana Hoever after 16-year-old makes Liverpool debut

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2018:

Mbappé scores winner as PSG edge narrow victory, ending 2018 in memorable fashion

Report: Juventus interested in Kylian Mbappe as PSG’s financial situation under threat

How the Coventry City supporting slayer reacted to his deadly double

Hughes sacked, Southampton confirm Ralph Hasenhüttl as new boss

Europa League round-up: Callum Hudson-Odoi and Emile Smith-Rowe shine

Gareth Southgate praises Harry Kane, calls him world’s best goalscorer

Zlatko Dalic bemoans fatigue as Croatia relegated from League A

SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER

Julian Draxler nowhere near his potential, says former coach

Reiss Nelson scores brilliant free-kick as u21s’ unbeaten run extends to 35 qualifiers

Toto Wolff tips Mick Schumacher for greatness after teen wins Formula 3 Championship

Raheem Sterling praises Jadon Sancho as teenager settles quickly with England

Reports: Adrien Rabiot rejects contract offer, open to leaving in January

England squad announced: Maddison, Mount and Sancho earn first call-ups

Report: Tottenham’s Mousa Dembélé approaches Juventus, eager for 2019 move

JUNE, JULY, AUGUST

Transfer deadline day: Arsenal’s Reiss Nelson signs new deal before leaving for Hoffenheim, Abraham off to Villa

Kurt Zouma insists despite Everton loan, his Chelsea career not over

Report: PSG keen on Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis, with €30m release clause

Mario Balotelli to remain at Nice for another season, despite desire to leave

Report: PSG have €60m bid rejected for Juventus’ Alex Sandro

Roma complete £23.8m move for Sevilla midfielder Steven N’Zonzi

Reports: PSG interested in signing Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé this summer

Thibaut Courtois completes £35m Real move, Kovacic loaned to Chelsea

Reports: Roma eyeing move for Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama

Speculation aside: Why PSG must avoid signing Marcos Rojo

Napoli boost as Koulibaly signs new five-year deal, but will this last?

MAY

PSG transfer news, bi-weekly updates were as follows: 

Man City eye Mbappé move, while Blaise Matuidi warns Gianluigi Buffon

Rabiot attracting Arsenal interest, Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti linked once again

Neymar expresses his desire to leave, Jack Wilshere’s agent meets with club

Buffon offered a two-year deal, update on Hatem Ben Arfa’s future

Newcastle’s audacious Alphonse Areola offer, speculation over Sergio Busquets

Serious interest in Gianluigi Donnarumma, Arsenal’s Layvin Kurzawa enquiry

Edinson Cavani reveals future plans, update on Neymar

£100m bid for Tottenham’s wantaway midfielder Eriksen, N’Golo Kanté update

MARCH, APRIL

PSG transfer news: Dybala a top summer target, interest in Schalke’s Meyer and more

Tearful Andres Iniesta confirms he will leave Barça at season’s end

Frustrating week aside, RB Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer pens contract extension

Exclusive report: PSG in talks with Courtois over possible move

FEBRUARY

Romelu Lukaku reveals he expects more respect for goalscoring record

City away next, Mahrez refutes “untrue assumptions” about his absence from training

Conte admits his Chelsea side played with fear at Watford, lack character

Michy Batshuayi brace on debut seals Dortmund’s first win of 2018

NEW YEAR – JANUARY 2018

Nelson and Nketiah excel as Arsenal u23s thump United on Mavropanos debut

NOVEMBER and DECEMBER 2017:

Birthday boy Kylian Mbappé stars as PSG win again, end 2017 on a high

Álvaro Morata reveals Didier Drogba is his inspiration to improve at Chelsea

Report: Barcelona interested in approach for Arsenal’s Özil

OCTOBER

Ronald Koeman reveals disappointment following Everton sacking

Anthony Joshua set to face Carlos Takam as Pulev withdraws through injury

Newcastle complete permanent signing of Merino after impressive start to loan spell

Liverpool’s Sadio Mané sidelined for up to six weeks with injured hamstring

SEPTEMBER

Mertens’ situation at Napoli prompts Arsenal interest, release clause involved

Chalobah to undergo another scan following freak training injury

Iniesta will end career at Barca, hints midfielder’s father

Confirmed – Joshua vs Pulev scheduled for October 28 in Cardiff

Report: City had €65m bid for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly rejected

AUGUST

West Brom sign Gibbs for £7m, capture Krychowiak on season-long loan

Manchester City firm favourites to sign West Brom’s Jonny Evans, second bid made

Southampton confirm Hoedt capture, van Dijk set to stay

Glyfi Sigurdsson completes £45m Everton move

Chalobah: I had to leave Chelsea, to avoid another loan

Pellegrino warns van Dijk: No player is bigger than the club

Watford complete signing of Brazil u20 forward Richarlison for £11.5m on five-year deal

Stephy Mavididi completes Preston loan move

JULY

Arsenal make contact with Toulouse for highly-rated goalkeeper Alban Lafont

Report: Arsenal table bid for Frankfurt midfield wonderkid Aymen Barkok

Alex Scott signs new deal with Arsenal Ladies

JUNE

Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon signs first professional contract

Bayern also linked with Tolisso approach, said to be heavily interested

Exeter teen Ethan Ampadu being watched by Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal

Marseille’s teenage starlet Boubacar Kamara pens new deal, ending speculation

Arsenal and Everton scout Charlton’s defensive talent Ezri Konsa

Chelsea interested in Lyon midfielder Tolisso, also on Arsenal’s radar

MAY

Bayern move one step closer to backdoor deal for Serge Gnabry

Everton respond to reported interest with £50m price-tag for Barkley

Report: PSG’s Adrien Rabiot not keen on contract extension

Edward Nketiah: It was brilliant to score at the Emirates against United u23s

Celtic fullback Kieran Tierney responds to speculation with European suitors linked

Perez admits he’ll consider his future, frustrated by lack of first-team opportunities

Valencia’s José Gaya – release clause set to drop €20m next summer

Crowley: I don’t want to be compared to Wlshere, I’ll leave if I have to

Barcelona linked with Azpilicueta as possible Bellerín alternative

Arsenal loan watch: Chambers excels & scores against Manchester City

APRIL

Report: Arsenal linked with approach for Carlos Bacca

Arsenal plan to double Oxlade-Chamberlain’s wages

Reports: AS Monaco agree deal in principle for Youri Tielemans

John Terry linked with shock move to Arsenal – shocking for the fans, that is

Gunners identify prime attacking target as Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette

Arsenal’s chief negotiator to leave with internal promotion to fill role

Schalke ready to sell Goretzka now, avoid losing for free

Kaylen Hinds and his attitude praised by loan manager at Stevenage

Rangers aceept Chelsea’s offer for teenage midfield prospect Billy Gilmour

MARCH

Allende impresses on trial with Arsenal first team

Arsenal interest in Goretzka intensifies as midfielder continues to impress

Post-match comments: Sheaf on City, captaincy and centre-back role

Ancelotti refutes claims he will field weakened side

Wenger reveals Ljungberg coaching role promise

Bellerín to be captain in 2-3 years if Wenger stays?

FEBRUARY

Szczesny excels again for Roma during win over Inter

Asano’s frustrations come amid praise from manager

Arsenal make contact with Atalanta’s Franck Kessie

Report: Arsenal linked with Pep Segura as possible Head of Youth Development

JANUARY 2017:

Reports: Arsenal set to make £50m move for Dortmund’s Marco Reus

Highly-rated forward Stephy Mavididi expected to make loan move 

Juventus and Arsenal linked with tug-of-war for Schalke’s Leon Goretzka

Bramall welcomes challenge after u23s debut vs Southampton

Wenger’s comments on new acquisition Cohen Bramall

Sheaf hails Nketiah’s impact as u23s return with victory