football news round-up – sunday, october 21

06:59    21 Oct 2018

Celtic's Scott Brown
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Sunday, October 21.

International and European club football

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has criticised the Uefa Nations League, comparing the competition to world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua having to box "every second night; and Barcelona confirmed on Saturday that Lionel Messi will miss the next three weeks after fracturing his arm against Sevilla after the club captain was forced off in the first half in obvious pain and is now set for a spell on the sidelines which means he will miss the upcoming Uefa Champions League clash with Inter Milan.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Manchester City maintained their lead at the top of the Premier League standings after thumping Burnley 5-0 at home on Saturday; New boss Dean Smith was pleased for Aston Villa's home fans after beating Swansea City in his first game in charge in front of a full-to-capacity 41,326 Villa Park crowd; and Scott Brown is "focused" on Celtic despite being linked with interest from Australia, says Brendan Rodgers.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Thierry Henry was determined to stress the positives after his first match in charge of Monaco ended in a 2-1 defeat at Strasbourg on Saturday; Genk secured a narrow 2-1 win over Eupen in a Pro League clash; Ajax stayed five points behind leaders PSV Eindhoven after easing to a 4-0 win at Heerenveen; Sivasspor held Fenerbahce to a 0-0 draw in a Super Lig clash; and Atlanta United are looking to maintain their lead at the top of the MLS Eastern Conference standings when they host Chicago Fire on Sunday.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman is reportedly preparing a sensational £4bn bid to buy Manchester United; Manchester City are said to be refusing to blink over Raheem Sterling's contract demands - increasing fears the England winger will leave next summer; Chelsea are reportedly set to make Eden Hazard the highest-paid player in the Premier League after he signalled that he is ready to end his career at Stamford Bridge; Arsenal are reportedly lining up a loan move for Barcelona flop Malcom in January; and Tottenham are lining up a shock move for Blackburn midfielder Bradley Dack after impressive scouting reports.

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