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Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 13: Arsenal star NOT in talks over new deal, Barcelona target Coutinho alternative, Costa finally leaves Brazil

Here are the top football headlines and transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers… Manchester United would be Champions League contenders if they signed 28-year-old Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale,according to Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs. (Daily Mail) Arsenal have NOT held recent contract negotiations with midfielder Mesut Ozil. The club haven’t been in talks with the Germany playmaker since February, and the 28-year-old has only one year left on his current deal. (SportBild) Reports in Germany say Ozil is preparing to follow Alexis Sanchez and leave the club on a free transfer when his contract expires next…

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Brexit: Next round of talks delayed a week 'for consultation'

The next round of Brexit talks between has been postponed by a week to “allow more time for consultation”. The fourth round of UK-EU negotiations, due to begin on 18 September, will start on the 25th instead. The government said a short delay “would give negotiators the flexibility to make progress”. There had been been speculation that they could be moved to accommodate a major speech by Prime Minister Theresa May on the issue of Europe. “The UK and the European Commission have today jointly agreed to start the fourth…

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Fenerbahce hold talks about signing Chelsea's Costa on loan

Fenerbahce have held talks with Diego Costa’s representatives about signing the Chelsea striker on loan. Costa, 28, remains in Brazil and has refused to return to England. The Spain international failed to leave the Premier League champions before transfer deadline day in much of Europe, but the Turkish transfer window does not close until Friday. A source close to the negotiations has said a deal with the Turkish side is unlikely, but talks are ongoing. Costa has been told by Chelsea manager Antonio Conte to find another club. He wanted…

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Brexit: UK officials in Brussels for latest talks

Formal Brexit talks are due to resume in Brussels later, with British negotiators urging the EU to show “flexibility and imagination”. Brexit Secretary David Davis wants to broaden discussions to include trade. But the EU says there has to be progress on the issues of citizens’ rights, the Irish border and the “divorce bill” before talks can widen. Both sides have said there is no real prospect of a breakthrough in this third round of talks. BBC’s Europe Correspondent Kevin Connolly said the mood for the talks had been set…

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Detroit director Kathryn Bigelow says race talks 'more vital than ever'

Media playback is unsupported on your device The Oscar-winning director of a new film about the 1967 Detroit riots says talking about race in the US is “more vital than ever”. Kathryn Bigelow was speaking as Detroit is released in the wake of the violent clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia. She said she wanted to meet racism “head-on”, adding: “To do nothing is not an option”. John Boyega, who stars in the film, said: “We all have a voice and we all have a responsibility to speak out.” ‘Horrific tragedy’ The…

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