Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge. The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract. Conte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification. Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.
Super Eagles and Everton striker Henry Onyekuru has joined Galatasaray on a season-long loan, the Turkish club have confirmed. The 21-year-old signed for the Toffees last summer before being loaned to Belgian side Anderlecht to help him qualify for a work permit. Onyekuru scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Anderlecht but suffered a serious knee injury in December and returned to Merseyside for treatment.
FIFA has announced that Nestor Pitana of Argentina will referee the 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia on Sunday. Pitana has already refereed four games, including the tournament opener between host nation Russia and Saudi Arabia and France’s quarter-final win over Uruguay.
Broadcasters have been ordered to stop their cameras zooming in on “hot women” in the crowd at football matches, FIFA’s diversity boss says. Federico Addiechi said football’s world governing body needed to help tackle sexism at the World Cup. “We’ve done it with individual broadcasters. We’ve done it with our host broadcast services,” he said. Anti-discrimination group Fare Network says sexism has been the biggest problem at Russia 2018. It has been monitoring games and says it has “documented more than 30 cases”.
Barcelona have signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for 35.9 million euros and put a 300 million euro release clause on him. Lenglet, 23, has signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp after the Spanish champions met his buy-out clause.
Serena Williams was expecting to take “baby steps” on her return to tennis as a mum but after reaching the Wimbledon final wants to make giant strides. The former world number one will be seeking a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s showpiece. Despite being only four tournaments into her return, she has been many people’s favourite for an eighth title. “This is not inevitable for me,” said Williams, who gave birth in September.
Workers at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Italy are to strike after its main investor decided to pay €112m to sign footballer Cristiano Ronaldo for Juventus. Both the football club and the carmaker are controlled by the Agnelli family through their holding company. For the USB union, the decision means Fiat is missing out on investment. It said the firm needed to guarantee the future of thousands of people, “rather than enriching only one”.
Poland have named former national team captain Jerzy Brzeczek as their new manager after their World Cup group stage exit. The 47-year-old Wisla Plock boss replaces Adam Nawalka, whose contract was not renewed. Poland finished bottom of Group H after losing their opening two games to Senegal and Colombia before beating Japan in the final game. Brzeczek, who won 42 caps, is the uncle of Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Nigeria striker Sadiq Umar have become Steven Gerrard’s ninth signings as Rangers manager. He has joined the Ibrox club on season-long loan deals, subject to international clearance. Umar, 21, has been loaned out by Roma, having spent time with Dutch outfit NAC Breda on loan last season. Umar was a member of the Nigeria squad that earned bronze medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
The Uruguay international midfielder has completed his £27m move from Sampdoria to the Gunners. The 22-year-old starred at the World Cup before his country were eliminated by France in the quarter-finals. He had put his move to north London on hold to focus on the showpiece tournament in Russia but Arsenal have now confirmed their latest summer deal.
Nigeria World Cup left-back Bryan Idowu,26, has signed for Russian premiership side Lokomotiv Moscow. The Russia-born player joins on a three-year deal. He moves from financially-stricken FC Amkar Perm, who were relegated to the third tier in June. “I’m really excited by the opportunity to join Lokomotiv and really looking forward to joining the team at the training camp,” he told Lokomotiv’s website. “As a young boy I watched the club in the Champions League against the likes of Real Madrid and Inter Milan, they had a great squad and the whole country was proud of the team. “So I’m looking forward to being part of it.”
Former Liverpool, Chelsea and Spain striker Fernando Torres has signed for Japanese side Sagan Tosu. His Atletico Madrid contract ran out this summer and was not renewed, with his final appearance as a 90th-minute substitute in the Europa League final defeat of Marseille. The Spaniard, 34, rejoined his boyhood club in 2014 after a loan at AC Milan.
The 12 young footballers freed from a cave in Thailand have been offered the chance to attend the World Cup final but are too ill to travel, FIFA says. Divers completed the rescue of the Wild Boars football team and their coach on Tuesday, 17 days after they got trapped underground. Offers of support have come from across the world, with Manchester United offering the chance to attend a game. England’s Kyle Walker and Jack Butland have offered to send kit to the boys.
Manchester City have broken their club record to sign winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City for £60m. The 27-year-old has signed a five-year deal to become the Blues’ first recruit since they won the Premier League. They walked away from a potential deal for the Algerian in January after being put off by Leicester’s valuation. Mahrez said the club’s style of play is “perfect” for him and he wanted to be part of a club which is “redefining the English game”.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has joined Juventus, becoming one of the four most expensive players of all time. A deal worth 112m euros has been reached between the two clubs that has seen the Portuguese sign a four-year deal with the Italian champions. Ronaldo, 33, won four Champions League titles in his nine years at Real. “The time has come to open a new stage in my life, that’s why I asked the club to accept transferring me,” he said.
Pep Guardiola was Barcelona coach when Spain won the 2010 World Cup and he was Bayern Munich coach when Germany won in 2014. He’s now Manchester City coach although Barcelona and Bayern players formed the core of those Spain and Germany teams whereas the only City players in England’s starting line-up have been John Stones, Kyle Walker and Raheem Sterling. Could it be argued that City’s style of play under Pep has influenced Gareth Southgate and the rest of his players? We are watching.
Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has joined West Ham on a three-year deal and says he has moved to the club he supported as a boy. The 26-year-old England player’s contract with the Gunners expired at the end of June. “It feels special. Many people know that I’ve had a special bond with this club growing up,” he said. “I’ve got good memories of my childhood supporting West Ham, watching them at Upton Park.”